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Immigration Policy and the US Election

October 24, 2012 by

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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 […]

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

August 30, 2012 by

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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 by

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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.

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

June 14, 2012 by

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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.

EVENT REVIEW: Rally at Wodonga TAFE

May 30, 2012 by

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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.

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

May 16, 2012 by

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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.

YOUTH VOICE: Democracy and Individual Liberty

May 10, 2012 by

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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: Dr Nicholas Barry — The Bill of Rights Debate in Australia

May 2, 2012 by

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On Tuesday 24th April 2012, La Trobe University politics lecturer Dr Nicholas Barry gave a guest presentation to first year Australian Politics: Government and Society students and University of the Third Age members at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus on the bill of rights debate in Australia.    In his presentation, Dr Barry discussed the concept of […]

LTU-WSSC Year 10 Workshop: Migration and Refugees Reference Page

May 1, 2012 by

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On Friday 11th May 2012, year 10 students from Wodonga Senior Secondary College will be participating in excursions related to their studies on refugees to the Bonegilla Migrant Experience and workshops at La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus. This page has been established as a resource for WSSC students to prepare for and debrief after their excursions on May 11th.

ANZAC Day Redux: Refining My Position

April 26, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Thank you to everyone who responded to my previous blog posting Anzac Day: Poignant Remembrance or Mythologisation. Your constructive (and not so constructive) comments and criticisms have helped me to further explore my thoughts on ANZAC Day and reach a more nuanced position.

Anzac Day: Poignant Remembrance or Mythologisation?

April 24, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Australia has a complicated national story. We do no justice to any of the protagonists in this epic tale by leaving out portions of the story or inventing myths to obfuscate its darker moments. I feel sorry for the people who cannot ponder the Galipoli story in all of its complexity. On April 25th, I choose to remember the humanity of those who lost their lives at Galipoli, rather than the excesses of the politicised mythology that has become their unfortunate legacy.

Living Lightly: Reciprocal Bonds and the Trust Horizon

April 23, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. One of the exiting aspects of living lightly is the opportunity it provides for community building and connecting with other people. Strong social networks will become increasingly important as we grapple with environmental problems, energy insecurity and financial turmoil at the end of the age of growth. As a specialist in international relations, I look to Chinese culture for ideas on building social cohesion during tough times.

EVENT REVIEW: Wodonga Carnivale

March 15, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Carnivale is by far my favourite annual community event in Wodonga. The economic benefits of Carnivale are great for the town, but there are intangible benefits that are far more important.

What is Australia Day really about?

January 25, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. What is Australia Day all about? Like many people, I am increasingly disturbed that our national holiday is becoming more of a drunken orgy for flag-waving rednecks than an opportunity for Australians to appreciate our national story in all its complexity. In raising a number of questions about Australia Day, I challenge you to think more deeply about the Australian national story and what it means to be an Australian.

I’m Dreaming of a ‘Light’ Christmas

December 17, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Christmas can be a magical time. I like the sense of expectation in the lead-up to Christmas as we wind down the year.  I enjoy the community spirit of this time as we let our hair down at work functions, embrace the joy of the season at carols nights and prepare for […]

EVENT REVIEW: Border History Teachers Network dinner forum – Keynote address by Dr Bruce Pennay

November 15, 2011 by

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BY LISA TUCK & MARTIN DICKENS. The Border History Teachers’ Network successfully hosted its’ third Dinner Forum on Friday 11th November 2011. The keynote address entitled Taking in Strangers: The Reception of Post-War Immigrants was delivered by Dr Bruce Pennay from Charles Sturt University. Dr Pennay concludes that Bonegilla deserves recognition as a location of national and international significance.

EVENT NOTICEBOARD: Border History Teachers Network Dinner Forum with Professor Bruce Pennay

October 20, 2011 by

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Dr Bruce Pennay, OAM - "Taking in Strangers: The Reception of Post-war Immigrants, Revisited". Bruce Pennay is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University. He has for several years been exploring and pondering the meanings of the former Bonegilla Reception Centre and was pleased in 2007 when his nomination of the site to the National Heritage List was accepted. He will explain why the site is of national significance and why the experiences of the post-war immigrants and the host society are worth revisiting nearly three quarters of a century later.

YOUTH VOICE: Examining the Link Between Climate Change & Migration — The Darfur Case

October 9, 2011 by

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BY SOPHIE BUCKLE. This paper investigates the relationship between climate change and human migration in the Darfur region in Sudan which is currently suffering profusely due to numerous climatic stresses. The Darfur region is suffering from desertification which then impacts upon the local communities as they compete for limited resources. This competition will drive movement of people as they vie for natural resources in an increasingly limited supply.

VIDEO REVIEW: ‘Lester Brown – The Planet’s Scarcest Resource is Time’

September 11, 2011 by

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In a recent class activity, members of the second/third year undergraduate subject International Politics of Climate Change: Triumph or Tragedy at La Trobe University's Albury-Wodonga campus engaged with a video presentation delivered by emminent American environmentalist Lester Brown. The following excerpts are a summary of the class discussion on what Lester Brown has to say in the video clip.

PODCAST: University of the Third Age, Albury-Wodonga

September 8, 2011 by

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SOPHIE BUCKLE & BEN HABIB. On Friday 12th August 2011, Sophie Buckle and Ben Habib visited the Albury-Wodonga chapter of the University of the Third Age. During their visit, Ben Habib delivered a presentation to U3A members on politics in the Middle East, while Sophie Buckle conducted an interview with U3A Albury-Wodonga committee members Don Cocks and Lyle Wright, exploring the activities of and the philosophy behind U3A.

PODCAST: Interview with Dr Penny Egan-Vine — Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group

August 10, 2011 by

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In this edition of the Politics Albury-Wodonga podcast we’re joined by Dr Penny Egan-Vine, chairperson of the Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group, in conversation with Renae Schilg from La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga. Penny and Renae discuss the activities of the MVSRG, along with the challenges faced by refugee families settling in regional areas and the assistance local residents can provide in helping new migrants settle into the local community.

EVENT NOTICEBOARD: ‘The Basin Plan – Who Needs It?’ @ La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga

July 20, 2011 by

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The 2011 Jonathan Mann Lecture will differ from previous events delivered by individual speakers by adopting a ‘Community Conversation’ format, facilitating the involvement of key experts, stakeholders and audience members in a serious consideration of the central issues associated with water resource management within the Murray-Darling Basin. The conversation will be moderated by eminent journalist, Kerry O’Brien.

YOUTH VOICE: Wake Up World, It’s The Twenty-First Century! — Gender Inequality in Wages and Conditions

June 29, 2011 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. The time has come for Generation Y to make a stand against ingrained gender prejudices. It is no longer a question of feminist controversy; I believe in a society where men and women are equal and I hope that it is the males of my generation who will be prepared to make concessions for females to defeat the inequalities left by the generations of our parents and our grandparents.

PODCAST: An Interview with Bruce Pennay — The Role of the Border Region in Our National Story

November 10, 2010 by

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On this podcast, Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga is privileged to talk local history with Professor Bruce Pennay OAM. Bruce Pennay is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at Charles Sturt University, Thurgoona Campus. In a fascinating discussion, Bruce takes us back in time to examine some key periods of local history with great significance to the story of Australia: the gold rush, federation, and the post-World War II migrant influx—in which we touch on the border region’s rich migrant history, antagonistic water politics dating back to the 19th century, and much more.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: Various perspectives on the asylum seeker debate

September 16, 2010 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Regular readers of Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga will note that the asylum seeker debate has received regular attention on this blog. With the race card well and truly back on the poker table of Australian politics, now seems as good a time as any to examine the many different angles on the asylum seeker story. Like all complicated public policy problems, this issue is far from black and white (no pun intended).