Welcome & Submission Instructions

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.

Teaching Aid

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 b.habib@latrobe.edu.au.

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.

8 Responses “Welcome & Submission Instructions” →

  1. Anonymous

    October 14, 2011


    Anything happening in the region in solidarity with Occupy movement?

  2. Hi,

    I live in Wangaratta, just wondering if anything is happening in solidarity with the Occupy movement on the 15th?


    • Nothing in northeast Victoria that I’m aware of Scott, I suspect the main action will be in Melbourne. I don’t see this movement flaming out any time soon, will be interesting to see what kind of momentum it gets in Australia.


  3. Martin Lack

    February 8, 2012

    Ben and Co., I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award, because I want to draw attention to it; although I am sure you do not have time to spare to do what is required to perpetuate it. However, if you choose to accept the Award (or you can just decline this light-hearted nonsense and delete this comment), there are a few things you are required to do:

    — Create a new post on your blog with the Award logo at the top/centre.
    — Thank the one who nominated you.
    — Nominate 12 to 15 other bloggers.
    — Share 7 random facts about yourself.
    — Inform each nominee.
    — Add a thumbnail of the Award logo to your Home Page (optional)

    Accordingly, after 03:02 hrs GMT on Wednesday 8 February 2012, you will be able to see what I said about you and/or your blog in my post in which you are nominated at…

    • Hi Martin,
      I’m gratified that you included my blog on your Versatile Blogger list. At this stage I’m not going to do a Versatile Blogger post, however I am going to set up a dedicated links page and I will include your blog on that. I’ll use that page as a reference hub that I can circulate to my students.


      • Martin Lack

        February 9, 2012

        You are very kind, Ben. I fully understand your eschewing the Award; as I have said on my blog, it may almost be compared to a computer virus! Talking of computer viruses, my blog has been under attack for a week by one called John Kosowski (JK). However, his bombardment of my blog with questions has, I believe, caused me to raise my game and re-state my arguments evermore succinctly. Your readers may therefore (i.e. skipping happily past everything that has gone before from JK) like to read my posts (and the online discussions that follow) from earlier this week:

        Climate science in a nut fragment (Monday); and/or
        Is having an open mind the problem? (Tuesday).

  4. Hello – I have just discovered this great site. Has anyone heard about where coal seam mining (fracking) is happening in this region? I saw a brief piece about it on the local news a couple of nights ago. I wanted to find out if council is accepting submissions to object to this. Is there a safe way to do it, without poisoning groundwater? I watched ‘Gasland’ on SBS2 (about situation in United States) and it is ubiquitous there and very worrying. Look forward to hearing from you, Kate


    • Dr Benjamin Habib

      March 1, 2013

      Hi Kate,

      I’m no longer living in the region but if you get in touch with the people from Wodonga and Albury Toward Climate Health (http://watch.id.au/), they should be able to answer your questions.

      Personally, I don’t think this technology is very safe.




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