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Women in Modern China

June 19, 2012 by

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BY JESS MARSHALL. In recent history, China and its people have undergone a remarkable change in identity. Undeniably, the role of women has been an area of rapid change and development, with women playing an integral role in the shaping of modern China. From the physical oppression of foot binding in a patriarchal world, to gendered sameness in a communist state, to the modern rhetoric of equality of the sexes, Chinese women have instigated and experienced rebellion, revolution and reform.

Charles de Gaulle and the French Republic During the Cold War

June 2, 2012 by


BY JESS MARSHALL. With numerous streets, an airport, and France’s only airline named after him, Charles de Gaulle was a man of immense historical and political significance, and occupies an almost mythical status in French consciousness. Rejecting the notion of bipolarity in the Cold War period, de Gaulle advocated the national independence and strength of France as the Western Alliance’s major ally, and pursued foreign policy based on politique de grandeur. De Gaulle’s concept of France “as dedicated to an exalted and exceptional destiny” has its roots in his background, and directly impacted the development of French foreign policy during the Cold War.

TRAVEL DIARY: My 2001 Visit to Southern China

May 4, 2012 by


BY FRANK McCLELLAND. I flew from Melbourne to Hong Kong and thence straight to the city of Nanchang in the Jiangxi province. This is my analysis of what I saw and heard while resident, principally in the city of Nanchang with a few days’ travelling – first, south to Chen Ren, then north to the city of Juijiang on the Yangtze River and to the hill resort of Lushan. I left China (after a 17 hour train journey from Nanchang) via Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Hyper-nationalism, Contested Histories & the China-Japan Relationship

October 14, 2011 by

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BY SEANIAD CONROY. Both China and Japan have accused each other of encouraging fierce nationalism and the corresponding anti- Chinese and anti-Japanese feeling. Their failure to address the past has meant that it is an ongoing divisive issue in the present, though some attempts are being made to rectify this.

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

September 11, 2011 by


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.

YOUR SAY: A Question of Bias – The ABC & the Gaza Flotilla Affair

August 25, 2011 by

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BY DAVID MACILWAIN. When Israeli navy commandos attacked the humanitarian aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea last May, shooting dead nine Turkish civilians and injuring many more, there was widespread condemnation of this act of violent piracy. A number of enquiries were set up to find out what really happened, as despite the presence of numerous journalists in the flotilla Israel had jammed transmissions from them and then seized cameras and laptops while holding the participants in Israeli detention...

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.

TRAVEL DIARY: The Expat Experience in Fiji

June 18, 2011 by


BY LIZETTE SALMON. Ahhhh, Fiji … land of sun, sea and sand, coconuts, coral and coups. But also, as we’ve discovered, land of pollution, potholes and poverty, housemaids, home-husbands and hermaphrodites...

EVENT REVIEW: ‘Long Conversations’ Climate Knowledge Exchange in Beechworth

June 2, 2011 by


BY DAVID MACILWAIN. 'Long Conversations: Climate Knowledge Exchange', T31st May, 2011, The Gallery, Beechworth Secondary College. 'Long Conversations' hopes to make leading climate science and climate scientists more accessible, and to engage with the community’s goals and climate knowledge, with the aim of working together to build a shared climate future.

YOUR SAY: Four Corners expose the dirty little secret on Coal Seam Gas

February 22, 2011 by

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BY IAN LONGFIELD. I’m not sure how many of you saw the Four Corners story last night (hat tip to Karen for alerting us to it), but it opens up the real story on coal seam gas and it’s cousin, shale or tight gas extraction. The damage to agricultural land as well as the poisoning of wells and the Great Artesian Basin by this process is deplorable. Unfortunately we have both state and Federal governments who are dependent on the royalties and taxes generated, so turn a blind eye or neglect the regulation of these industries to save a few bucks.

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

February 20, 2011 by


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.

YOUR SAY: A Call to Uphold the Ban on Alpine Grazing in Victoria

December 19, 2010 by


BY KEITH BOXER. It seems to me that one of the great myth’s about alpine grazing is that it reduces alpine blazing. Many vehicles in the state carry this bumper sticker announcing the drivers support for alpine grazing. However, I worked in Victoria’s alpine area before and after the fires of 2003 and saw firsthand that this implied “fact” is simply untrue

PODCAST: Transitions Towns and the Post-Carbon Future of Albury-Wodonga — An Interview with Ian Longfield

October 28, 2010 by

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In this edition of the Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga podcast we’re joined by Ian Longfield from Transition Towns Albury-Wodonga. Ian has campaigned on peak oil issues since 2007 after becoming aware of the problems of energy descent during a 2005 land planning seminar. It was through his professional involvement in property development and agency that he became increasingly concerned at our unsustainable pattern of urban development, incompatible with a future dominated by peak oil and climate change. Our interview discussion ranges from geopolitics to individual action and everywhere in between, so buckle up and enjoy this engrossing conversation.

YOUR SAY: Oil, Blood and Money

October 21, 2010 by

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BY IAN LONGFIELD. The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) have just wrapped up their annual US conference with the general consensus emerging that 2005 marked world peak oil production and is unlikely to be beaten. While the decline slope in oil production may be shallow at the moment, it is likely to accelerate in the coming decade, causing massive disruption to the world economy and shifting the balance of geo-political power.

YOUR SAY: Afghanistan — An abhorrent legacy of the Howard/Bush/Blair years

October 12, 2010 by


BY KEITH BOXER. I now look on the folly of Australia being involved in both Iraq and Afghanistan and think to myself; have our Governments learnt nothing from history? The Vietnam War was a total waste of valuable Australian life and Australian capital that would have been better spent on foreign aid or community infrastructure in Australia.

YOUR SAY: Plea for Bilateral Action on Climate Change by Parliament

October 5, 2010 by


BY KEITH BOXER. A carbon price is inevitable and an essential part of any wide ranging program to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. The Coalition, by locking itself out of the government’s climate change committee, and not accepting that a carbon price is inevitable, will continue to be seen as the wrecker of a required bipartisan approach to reducing carbon emissions in Australia. Australia has the knowledge, skills and financial capacity to lead the world in renewable energy research and implementation.

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 […]

YOUR SAY: Replace Hazlewood

July 19, 2010 by


BY LIZETTE SALMON. As someone who is deeply concerned about climate change it seems extraordinary to me that our state and federal politicians are doing so little to reduce Australia’s growing greenhouse emissions. There are many actions they could take to cut our emissions but one particularly symbolic action would be to commit to replacing […]