Editor and Primary Contributor
Dr Benjamin Habib, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga campus.
Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga is a clearing house for discussion of politics, social issues and international affairs, focussed on Albury-Wodonga as the epicentre of the border region between northeast Victoria and southern New South Wales.
I write publish regular opinion pieces on areas of professional interest. Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga provides me with a forum to explore research ideas, solicit critical feedback and produce feeder material for my academic work. It also allows me to make my peer-reviewed publications available to a wider audience beyond academia.
Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga provides experiential learning opportunities for motivated students as an outlet for publication of original opinion pieces and outstanding academic course work, as well as an avenue for training in the editorial process. Aside from nurturing the professional skills of participating students, the blog aims to nurture the intellectual and cultural consciousness of local youth by encouraging them to take pride in being intelligent and making a positive contribution to public affairs.
Community Engagement Tool
I strongly believe that one of my roles as an academic is to add value to the community in which I live. Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga allows me to encourage local citizens to actively engage in the marketplace of ideas and policy debates. This is important, because a politically engaged citizenry is necessary for a robust and healthy democracy.
The blog features original written opinion pieces, interviews local heroes who do excellent work in the local community, and includes links to further information, which may be of especial value to student and non-academic readers who are less familiar with the reliable information sources that members of the academic community take for granted.
Article Submission Guidelines
OurVoice: Politics Albury-Wodonga has been established for the whole community. This is a forum for everyone, a place where we can have our say, debate ideas with others, and find ways to get involved in activities within the local community and beyond. Anyone in the local community can contribute. In short, Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga is a place where we can empower ourselves!
If you would like to submit an article, interview or video for publication or advertise an event on Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga, please email your submission or event details to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepted Topics: Anything to do with politics and/or international affairs. Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga welcomes viewpoints from all sides of politics, provided they are logically reasoned. A short biographical note should be included.
Play the ball, not the man: this is a forum for spirited but courteous debate. Please be respectful of other people in your writing and any comments that are racist, sexist, homophobic or unnecessarily derogatory of others. Defamatory articles will not be accepted for publication and defamatory comments will be removed from the site.
Ben Habib, Editor.