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Eye on the Media: Interesting Articles This Week — 19th March 2011

March 22, 2011 by

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We don’t have to agree with these articles, we need only think critically about the issues they raise…   Peter Hayes, David von Hippel, Richard Tanter, Takase Kae, Jungmin Kang, Wen Bo, Gordon Thompson, Yi Kiho, Arabella Imhoff, Scott Bruce and Joan Diamond ‘After the Deluge: Short and Medium-term Impacts of the Reactor Damage Caused […]

EVENT NOTICEBOARD: NSW Election – Seat of Albury Candidates Forum

March 14, 2011 by

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With the New South Wales state election looming on Saturday March 26th, the Border Mail and ABC Goulburn Murray are hosting a public forum giving members of the public an opportunity to ask questions of candidates for the seat of Albury. Date: Wednesday March 23rd. Time: 7:00 PM. Venue: CD Blake Building, Charles Sturt University Thurgoona campus.

EVENT REVIEW: 2010 Victorian Election — Benambra Candidates Forum

November 23, 2010 by

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BY BEN HABIB. This event represented an exiting first for Wodonga, with the Border Mail, ABC Goulburn Murray and La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga joining forces to host a candidates forum for the Victorian state seat of Benambra, in the lead-up to Saturday’s state election. The discussion covered a lot of ground, on the back of some excellent questions from the audience and the panel.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: Minority government…or, how we learned to love consensus and cope without the two-party system

September 8, 2010 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Yes, it’s been an exiting time to be a political scientist in Australia. We’ve got our first hung parliament for sixty years and all the key players are having an interesting time adjusting to the realities of this new political environment.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: Federal Election Review

August 26, 2010 by

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BY BEN HABIB. It seems ironic that an election campaign of such unprecedented mediocrity could produce a result of such stunning complexity and implication for the conduct of politics in Australia.  Perhaps this is our reward for having to sit through five weeks of negative, superficial garbage.  Personally, I find the present situation to be […]

WEEKLY DISPATCH: Final thoughts on the Election Campaign—We’ll Get the Government We Deserve

August 18, 2010 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Like many people, I have been intrigued by this federal election campaign and like many others, I will be pleased when the spectacle is over. As we move into the last two days before the poll on August 21st, I would like to offer my thoughts on the election campaign and what it says about Australian society…

YOUTH VOICE: Mark Latham – A Man of Hatred

August 16, 2010 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. I and many other viewers become deeply angered at Mark Latham’s advice for voters place a blank ballot paper into the box on August 21. In his recent appearance on 60 Minutes, audiences were subjected to Latham’s highly critical and biased take on the upcoming federal election, which utilised media resources to defy the importance of the written convention on voting. By singularly casting a vote, Australian citizens fulfil a duty that is integral to their liberty and freedom for expression.

YOUTH VOICE PODCAST: 2010 Election First-time Voter’s Roundtable Discussion

August 13, 2010 by

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With all eyes fixed squarely on election day, YOUTH VOICE features a roundtable discussion with three young people from the border region who will be voting for the first time at the 2010 Federal Election. Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga host Ben Habib is joined by first-time voters Lisa Tuck, Sophie Buckle and Jessica Love, who share their thoughts on how they became interested in politics, on voting for the first time, the issues they see as important, and the election campaign to date.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: Surviving Stalin, Hitler and White Australia

August 10, 2010 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Fear and ignorance are a poor basis for making any kind of decision, including the decision we make at the ballot box on election day. In this posting I will tell the story of my grandmother, a Ukrainian peasant girl who survived the evil crimes of Stalin and Hitler to find a home amidst the racial intolerance of white Australia. She knew the real meaning of fear and rose above it.

Our Voice: Politics Albury Wodonga…on Prime TV News

July 28, 2010 by

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Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga got a mention on Prime TV news on Monday night (26 July 2010).  The plug came in a story about local people’s responses to the Gillard vs Abbott debate on Sunday night.  The Dean Street vox pop canvassed many negative responses to the debate, and positioned Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga as […]

FEDERAL ELECTION 2010: Candidates Forum for the Electorate of Farrer

July 25, 2010 by

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Podcast interviews with each of the candidates for the seat of Farrer in the 2010 federal election: Sussan Ley (Lib), Christian Emmery (ALP). The candidates were asked a set of similar questions on local issues, the state of political debate in Australia, climate change, the economy, and border security. This framework provides a basis to directly compare the positions and policy proposals of each candidate and the party they represent.

FEDERAL ELECTION 2010: Candidates Forum for the Electorate of Indi

July 25, 2010 by

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Podcast interviews with each of the candidates for the seat of Indi in the 2010 federal election: Sophie Mirabella (Lib), Zuvele Laschen (ALP), Jenny O'Connor (Greens), Mark Carey (Dem), Alan Lappin (Ind). The candidates were asked a set of similar questions on local issues, the state of political debate in Australia, climate change, the economy, and border security. This framework provides a basis to directly compare the positions and policy proposals of each candidate and the party they represent.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: What happens when you insert smoke and mirrors into a policy vacuum?

July 23, 2010 by

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BY BEN HABIB. What happens when you insert smoke and mirrors into a policy vacuum?  You get an ALP strategy for (in)action on climate change. Julia Gillard’s announcement this morning that the government plans to establish a committee of scientists to advise on climate policy, paired with a citizens assembly to gauge community feeling on […]

EVENT REVIEW: Nationals Senator Fiona Nash (NSW), Albury Visit (30 June 2010)

July 21, 2010 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. A Voice for Regional Voters Recently on the border, Albury citizens were afforded the opportunity to discuss topical political issues with National Party Senator Fiona Nash. Arriving in QEII square on the 30 June 2010, Senator Nash was greeted by a selection of politically engaged supporters to voice their opinion to a […]

YOUTH VOICE: Young People’s Decreasing Interest and Participation in Politics

July 21, 2010 by

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BY JESSICA LOVE. The recent swap from Kevin Rudd to Julia Gillard and the up coming election has been big news in the political world, in a few short weeks a Prime Minister has been ousted, Australia has had its first female Prime Minister and an election is pending to see if Julia Gillard will […]

YOUR SAY: The Environmental Dollar

July 21, 2010 by

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BY ALAN LAPPIN. Solutions to Save the Environment This concept for the first time in history directly links human activities to the environment. It is an extension of the failed Carbon Trading Scheme or Emissions Trading Scheme concept with some big differences. The concept requires the creation of two currencies: the “normal dollar” and the […]

YOUTH VOICE: The Power of the Media in Politics

July 19, 2010 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. Our politicians tell us time and time again that they are elected to either State or Commonwealth Parliament use their mandate to act in the interests of the wider community. However, do the Australian people believe in the noble purpose of our politicians? In a society consumed by the power of capitalism, […]