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Light the Night: Leukemia Foundation Wodonga

October 4, 2012 by

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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.

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.

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.

Living Lightly: Sensible Adaptation to Converging Crises

April 11, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. The sustainability movement has for many years been preparing to confront converging environmental, energy and financial crises. That moment is now here. To adapt with as little disruption as possible, it has never been more important to embrace living lightly.

Observations on My Role in Commenting on the New Albury Anti-Carbon Tax Group

March 21, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Last Saturday I provided comment in an article in the Border Mail—‘Doug takes up fight on carbon tax’—about a new group called Border Says NO to Carbon Tax being established by local trucking operator Doug McMillan. No-one wants to see hard working local businessmen like Doug McMillan lose their livelihoods. If people with climate-related expertise can work cooperatively with local businesses and other impacted members of the community, we can constructively adapt to the many challenges posed by climate change instead of further fracturing the community for the sake of argument. However for the cooperative approach to work, everyone has to begin from a position of informed empowerment.

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.

Peering into the Hermit Kingdom: My Experiences on the Fringes of North Korea — Presentation to the Albury Rotary Club

March 9, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. On Wednesday 7th March 2012 I made a presentation to the Rotary Club of Albury entitled Peering into the Hermit Kingdom: My Experiences on the Fringes of North Korea. In this presentation I gave a brief chronology of my experiences in and around Korea, touching on some of the interesting things I learnt along the way about Korean history, culture and the North Korean state.

No-Bullshit Career Advice for School Leavers

January 4, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Every January, school leavers get down to the pointy end of choosing what they want to do with their lives. A lot of people—parents and relatives, friends, school career counsellors, the media—are likely to give you some truly horrible advice. While usually well-meaning, the people around you will have all kinds of self-interested reasons for giving you their two cents worth. Ultimately however, it’s you that has to make the choice and you that has to live with it. With that in mind, I’d like to share some of my life experiences as a student, as a university lecturer and everything that I was in between, in the hope that my journey might make someone else’s choice just a little bit easier.

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.

EVENT NOTICEBOARD: Diwali Fiesta 2011 (Indian New Year)

October 20, 2011 by

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Celebrate Indian New Year with a special banquet & dance the night away to Bollywood DJ Mixes

Wodonga Senior Secondary College and Latrobe University: Social Movements Day

September 20, 2011 by

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WSSC teachers Simon Webb and Simmi Kaur teamed up with Ben Habib from La Trobe University to present ‘Social Movements Day’ at the La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus. The WSSC students’ multimedia presentations on twentieth century social movements were screened in the main lecture theatre, followed by a university-style tutorial class where WSSC students participated in a series of activities in small groups led by undergraduate LTU students from the Bachelor of Arts program. The activities were based on the themes of life at university, different types of thinking skills, and reflection on twentieth century social movements.

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.

PODCAST: The Virtuous Circle of Sustainability & Community — Interview with Jenni Huber

July 11, 2011 by

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We are joined on this addition of the Politics Albury-Wodonga podcast by Jenni Humber, who was a key member of Wodonga's victorious entry in the Origin Energy Sustainability Drive competition. Twenty households in Jenni's street - Central Place, Wodonga - put together an outstanding entry in the competition showcasing not only their sustainability credentials, but also the sense of connection and community that can come from consciously living lightly.

EVENT REVIEW: When Q&A Came to Albury-Wodonga

May 5, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB, with MARTIN DICKENS, LISA TUCK, LEA MACLAUGHLIN, KRYSTLE BROWN, JESSICA LOVE & ALICIA PETERS. Like everyone else in attendance, I was caught up in the excitement of being part of the spectacle of a live television broadcast. Over 700 people attended the show, the largest ever audience for Q&A. While prepping the audience before the show, Tony Jones described Q&A as an “open democracy experiment” that was “rare in the world”. Or was it?

PHOTO ESSAY: The Old Wodonga Rail Line

April 29, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB. I took some time over the Easter break to go for a walk along the decommissioned railway line that bisects the city of Wodonga. The new railway bypass through Gateway Island, north of Wodonga, represents the end of on era. The land on which the decommissioned railway now sits is slated for redevelopment, including a revitalisation of the Wodonga CBD and the installation of a linear park and bikeway. With that in mind, I took the opportunity to stroll along the old rail corridor and take some photographs of the area before the redevelopment begins.

Eye on the Media: Interesting Content from the Political Realm, 4th April 2011

April 4, 2011 by

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Greg Hoffman ‘Why the resources boom can’t last’ The Age       Robert Long & Lisa Sainsbury ‘Health and the environment: a compilation of evidence’ Australian Policy Online       Jennifer Baxter, Alan Hayes, Matthew Gray ‘Families in regional, rural and remote Australia’ Australian Institute of Family Studies       Hayrettin Yucasoy […]

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.

PODCAST: Friends of Willow Park — An Interview with Julie Hind & Alison Mitchell

February 20, 2011 by

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In this instalment of the Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga podcast we are joined by Julie Hind (President) and AlisonMitchell (Vice-President) from Friends of Willow Park. Friends of Willow Park are a community group which works to promote the protection and preservation of Wodonga’s Willow Park as public open space parkland.

YOUR SAY: Complimentary Currencies – Dowangos?

January 17, 2011 by

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BY ALI MITCHELL. My holiday reading was a book by David Boyle titled “Money matters: putting the eco into economics – global crisis and local solutions”. One of Boyle’s most stunning commentaries of what we know as our economic system was concerned with how it knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing. As a consequence, things of real value are excluded from our economics. A solution to this problem could be locally-developed complimentary currencies.