Thank You Albury-Wodonga!

November 14, 2012
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BY BEN HABIB. As many of you are aware, my family and I will soon be leaving Albury-Wodonga.  I have been redeployed to La Trobe University’s Melbourne campus as part of a broader organisational restructure within the LTU Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  We leave with sadness, having met many interesting people and made […]

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Poverty, Human Security and Sustainability: Tanzania Case Study

November 3, 2012
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BY MARTIN DICKENS. It is through addressing poverty and livelihood security that states then develop the capacity to capitalise on sustainable growth opportunities. On a global level, the imbalance between the environment and human activities are surmised under the Tragedy of the Commons concept, where common natural resources are effectively exploited by international power groups […]

Exploring Deep Ecology

October 29, 2012
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BY MARTIN DICKENS. It is through Deep Ecology’s view of humans as being inextricably linked to the natural world that certifies its importance in resolving environmental problems. As a movement, Deep Ecologists seek to challenge the dominant assumptions humans have of the environment in order to reform ethics of the planet (Devall 1994, p. 125). […]

Event Noticeboard: OzGreen Youth Congress — Youth Leading the World

October 25, 2012
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Immigration Policy and the US Election

October 24, 2012
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BY SEANIAD CONROY. In the U.S Presidential election of 2012, the issue of immigration though not one of the major issues for voters like  the economy, taxes and healthcare, remains an important priority  for many in the general population and possibly deciding factor in migrant communities. The platforms put forward by the Democrats and Republicans contain […]

An Analytic Summary of Republican & Democrat Climate Change Policy in the Lead-up to the 2012 US Election

October 18, 2012
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BY LISA TUCK. — Introduction The climate change policies implemented by the United States of America are of particular importance due to the nation’s status as the global hegemonic power. Although in current times this power is waning, the United States retains much of its symbolic influence as the ‘leader of the free world’. In […]

Light the Night: Leukemia Foundation Wodonga

October 4, 2012
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Wodonga will be a place where hope shines when the Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night takes place this month. Organiser Philip Singleton decided to host his own Light the Night event after his son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). When: Thursday 18 October, 6:30pm. Where: St Augustine’s Primary School, Wodonga.

North Korea’s New Light Water Nuclear Reactor: A Proliferation Risk?

September 5, 2012
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BY BEN HABIB. North Korea has recommenced construction of an experimental light water nuclear reactor (LWR) at its nuclear facility at Yongbyon, with completion slated for late 2013.  The Kim regime has previously stated that the new LWR and its already operational uranium enrichment facility at Yongbyon are intended for electric power generation and not […]

Presentation to Wodonga Council Youth Leadership Program: ‘Influencing Large Organisations as an Outsider’

August 30, 2012
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BY BEN HABIB. Albury-Wodonga is blessed with many young people doing great things for the community, not just in academia but across a range of industries and interest areas. On Wednesday 29th August 2012 I was invited to give a presentation to talented local young people in the Wodonga Council Youth Leadership Program on the topic […]

PODCAST: Interview with Prof Judith Brett — ‘Fair Share: Country and City in Australia’

June 24, 2012
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BY BEN HABIB. In this podcast I am joined in conversation with Professor Judith Brett, Head of School in the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University, to discuss her Quarterly Essay entitled Fair Share: Country and City in Australia. In our discussion, Judy interprets some of my observations and experiences growing up and living in regional areas, in the context of the themes of her essay. Topics covered in our discussion include the brain drain from the country to the city, efforts to attract skilled personnel to regional centres, the urban-rural culture clash, intellectual capital and bigotry, along with politics, multiculturalism and environmental issues in country Australia.

Looking Back on the 1992 Rio Earth Summit

June 21, 2012
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World leaders and government officials as well as representatives from NGOs and the corporate sector are currently convening in Rio de Janeiro, for "Rio+20: The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development." The conference is timed to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the seminal 1992 Rio Earth Summit. It is therefore worth looking back on the achievements of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to remind ourselves of what can be achieved when parties from around the world unite to address global environmental problems and highlight the obstacles and limitations of international multilateral processes in pursuing environmental objectives.

Women in Modern China

June 19, 2012
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BY JESS MARSHALL. In recent history, China and its people have undergone a remarkable change in identity. Undeniably, the role of women has been an area of rapid change and development, with women playing an integral role in the shaping of modern China. From the physical oppression of foot binding in a patriarchal world, to gendered sameness in a communist state, to the modern rhetoric of equality of the sexes, Chinese women have instigated and experienced rebellion, revolution and reform.

PODCAST: Interview with Anna Rose — ‘Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic’

June 14, 2012
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BY LISA TUCK. In this interview, I speak with Anna Rose, co-founder of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, star of the ABC TV documentary 'I Can Change Your Mind About...Climate' and author of 'Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic'. In the interview, Anna and I talk about her experiences with former Liberal senator Nick Minchin in the production of I Can Change Your Mind About...Climate, what she learnt from making the documentary and writing Madlands about the nature of climate scepticism, her response to intellectual and social conservatism in the climate debate, and the crucial role of young people in the climate movement.

MOVIE: The Crisis of Civilization

June 13, 2012
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The Crisis of Civilization is a thought-provoking documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system. The documentary is based on the book A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization by Dr Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, head of the London-based Institute for Policy Research & Development.

TRAVEL DIARY: India – My Trip to the Subcontinent

June 7, 2012
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BY MARTIN DICKENS. In February 2012, I had the opportunity to visit India touring the western side of the country from Delhi to Goa. Before visiting the country, I had a very limited knowledge of what India had to offer with my interest in the oriental country being sparked mainly through an undergraduate subject I studied in 2010. Looking back on the trip, it is hard to realise what impact this experience would truly have on my perceptions of humanity and particularly, developed and developing countries. This visit truly represents the beginning of a story that is and potentially will never finish.

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Charles de Gaulle and the French Republic During the Cold War

June 2, 2012
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BY JESS MARSHALL. With numerous streets, an airport, and France’s only airline named after him, Charles de Gaulle was a man of immense historical and political significance, and occupies an almost mythical status in French consciousness. Rejecting the notion of bipolarity in the Cold War period, de Gaulle advocated the national independence and strength of France as the Western Alliance’s major ally, and pursued foreign policy based on politique de grandeur. De Gaulle’s concept of France “as dedicated to an exalted and exceptional destiny” has its roots in his background, and directly impacted the development of French foreign policy during the Cold War.

EVENT REVIEW: Rally at Wodonga TAFE

May 30, 2012
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BY BEN HABIB. Staff and students from La Trobe University attended yesterday's rally (Tuesday 29th June 2012) in support of our colleagues at Wodonga TAFE, in protest over the Baillieu government's drastic thirty percent funding cut to Victorian TAFE institutions.

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EVENT NOTICEBOARD: Anna Rose — ‘Madlands’ Book Tour

May 30, 2012
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Anna Rose, co-founder and Chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition is visiting Albury on Wednesday 13th June 2012 for a community forum to promote her new book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic, documenting her experiences with retired Liberal Party senator Nick Minchin.

TRAVEL DIARY: I Once Had a Trip to Africa

May 28, 2012
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BY FRANK McCLELLAND. Since I was a small boy I have always wanted to see ‘black’ Africa. My interest stemmed from an atlas we still have with a photograph of a beautiful Masi woman and a Zulu warrior. Later I saw the film Shakker Zulu and started to read some of the history of that nation to do with the wars against the British. Then came the film, ‘Out of Africa’ and the story ‘South of the Limpopo’ by Dervla Murphy. A long-time friend knew of my interest and offered to take me to South Africa where he was working on a Poverty Alleviation project in the Limpopo Province.

YOUTH VOICE: Migration as an Adaptive Response to Climate Change — Xinjiang Case Study

May 20, 2012
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BY ALICIA PETERS. This essay will look at migration trends in China applying the framework described in “Migration as an Adaption to Climate Change” by McLeman and Smit (2006) to agriculturally based rural communities in the province of Xinjiang, North-Western China, and provide a case study of the provinces exposure to climate change and their adaptive capacity through migration.

EVENT REVIEW: Australian Youth Climate Coalition Albury-Wodonga Trivia Night

May 16, 2012
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BY LISA TUCK. On Wednesday the 2nd of May the Albury – Wodonga AYCC held its first ‘Repower’ event at La Trobe University Albury – Wodonga. This also happened to be the first ‘Repower’ event to be held by a regional AYCC group in Australia. The night included Trivia and a Keynote speech from Lecturer in Politics and International Relations Dr Ben Habib regarding the implications of anthropogenic climate change. The evening proved to be a great success for the AYCC Albury – Wodonga branch.

EVENT REVIEW: La Trobe University — Wodonga Senior Secondary College Refugee Workshop

May 16, 2012
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BY BEN HABIB. On Friday 11th May 2012, year 10 students from Wodonga Senior Secondary College participated in workshops at La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus and excursions to the Bonegilla Migrant Experience as a component of thier studies into refugees and asylum seekers. The introductory remarks of the expert panelists and the panel discussion itself are available here for download.

PHOTO ESSAY: Vietnam — Captivating, Lively, Fragile, Intense and Laid Back

May 13, 2012
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BY LISA TUCK. In February this year I had the privilege of travelling to the coastal nation of Vietnam in South East Asia. The experience proved to be exciting, challenging and culturally eye-opening. During this time I visited Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Dalat in the central highlands, Hoi An, Hue and Ninh Binh as well as the vibrant and enticing capital Hanoi.

YOUTH VOICE: Democracy and Individual Liberty

May 10, 2012
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BY MAX HUMPHRIES. It is nigh impossible to find a system of governance that allows complete individual liberty, because the idea of absolute liberty for all citizens is paradoxical. Individual liberty implies one can do what they want, when they want. However, all actions will directly or indirectly influence others, thus possibly diminishing other people’s ability to have individual liberty. Democracy is the best form of governance because of its ability to find the closest point at which individuals all have liberty, without unduly influencing others.

PODCAST: Korea — A Divided Nation

May 8, 2012
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BY BEN HABIB. On Monday 7th May 2012, I delivered a guest lecture entilted Korea: A Fractured Nation to second and third year students studying the subject Contemporary Politics of the Asia-Pacific Region (POL2/3CPA) at La Trobe University's Melbourne campus. The content of this lecture, along with other lectures in this subject, will form the basis for an international conflict negotiation simulation workshop structured around a hypothetical security crisis on the Korean peninsula.