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Poverty, Human Security and Sustainability: Tanzania Case Study

November 3, 2012 by

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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 by

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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). […]

TRAVEL DIARY: India – My Trip to the Subcontinent

June 7, 2012 by

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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.

Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party: Presentation to Victory Lutheran College VCE History Class

March 2, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. On Thursday March 1st, 2012, braving torrential rain, Victory Lutheran College VCE history students, led by their teacher Logan Hayward came to La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus for a workshop presented by myself on Mao Zedong and the Communist Party. The workshop was a supplement to the students' VCE History studies on the Chinese revolution.

YOUTH VOICE: Communism or Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics?

January 23, 2012 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. After visiting the capital earlier in the year as a tourist, China on the surface appears to be embracing democratic governance and free market economic opportunities. However, after a more intense and academically focused journey to the capital, what I witnessed as a student came as a complete surprise. Communism with Chinese characteristics is dominating the philosophies and teachings of the people and in my view is likely to continue to do so for years to come.

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.

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.

TRAVEL DIARY: China – A World of Difference

August 28, 2011 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. For a first time international traveller, arriving at Beijing International Airport at 1:00 AM in the morning felt like the most daunting experience I would ever encounter. Braving the long lines through customs to get entry approval felt like an eternity. Little did I know that the unique cultural experience I would have at the other side of the counter would change my life completely.

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.

YOUTH VOICE: An Uncertain Future

June 15, 2011 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. As a citizen of Generation Y, the current Australian political landscape does little to instil a sense of inner hope for a prosperous and sustainable future. For the youth of today, there is no greater concern in the realm of politics other than the looming threat posed by climate change. It is Generation Y’s discontent with the current political system which signifies a growing challenge to the Australian political landscape and the residing members of parliament should be prepared for this.

YOUTH VOICE: The Federal Budget – A Loss for Regional Australia

May 30, 2011 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. The Federal Budget for 2011-2012 gave little comfort to regional Australians. In particular, a lack of funding towards educational resources in addition to placing greater challenges for students wanting to access Youth Allowance will incur greater inequality between rural and metropolitan youth.

EVENT REVIEW: Border History Teachers’ Network Dinner Forum

May 30, 2011 by

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Border History Teachers Network Dinner Forum with keynote speaker Dr Ben Habib, on 'The North Korea Story: Confucius, Communism and the Bomb'. Includes mp3 audio of the presentation, photos from the evening and an event review by Martin Dickens.

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?

YOUTH VOICE: Time for University Students to Make a Stand

January 6, 2011 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. Since the rise of the former Hawke Labor Government, Australian university students have been targeted in efforts to increase incoming revenue for tertiary institutions. The root cause of this financial pressure on students can be linked to rationalisation efforts pursued by the Commonwealth Government through the Dawkins Reforms of the late 1980’s, those requiring students to privately contribute to their tertiary education. However, a crucial question is to what limit will students be able to cope with the working demands that are expected of them in the twenty-first century?

PODCAST: A Snapshot of Rising China — An Interview with Dr James Leibold

November 30, 2010 by

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In this edition of the Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga podcast we discuss contemporary China with Dr James Leibold, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Asian Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne. In this discussion with Our Voice’s Martin Dickens, James takes us on a journey from China’s tumultuous republican period in the early 20th century, […]

YOUTH VOICE: Reflections on Canberra & Australian Nationalism

October 25, 2010 by

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AUTHORS: JENNIFER BALLARD, LIAM WILLOUGBY, GALVIN DUNLOP, LISA TUCK, JESSICA LOVE, MARTIN DICKENS. On Thursday 30th September, I accompanied six students to Canberra on a field trip to learn more about Australian nationalism. During the day we visited Parliament House and observed question time in the House of Representatives, as well as the Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. The following passages are their reflections on what they saw.

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: Translating Knowledge into Action—The Politics Awareness Club (PAC)

August 16, 2010 by

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BY SOPHIE BUCKLE. A new club has formed within the Albury-Wodonga campus of La Trobe University. A group of students studying politics in first year have come together to create a group where political issues can be raised, discussed and debated. The group has been named Politics Awareness Club (PAC) and one of the many aims of the club is to raise awareness of political issues and participation in the electoral process.

YOUTH VOICE: Local Students Need a Political Voice

July 29, 2010 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. I propose the establishment of an Albury-Wodonga Student Politics Club, to enable students to debate political and social issues that are important to us.  In so doing, we can attract the attention of parliamentary members and press them to take their responsibility for acting on behalf of young voters in parliament seriously. […]

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: 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, […]