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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 […]

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.

The ALP Leadership Circus Rolls On: Gillard’s Bold Appointment of Bob Carr as Foreign Minister

March 5, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. The appointment of former New South Wales Premier and newly minted Federal senator Bob Carr as foreign minister is a bold statement of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s intent to vanquish the prowling wolves within her own ranks.

ALP Leadership Contest, Factional Divisions and the Spectre of International Crises

February 24, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. The current Gillard-Rudd confrontation highlights the problems that Australia’s 20th century political parties face in dealing with 21st century policy problems. The Gillard-Rudd rivalry is a story of ambition, bitterness and betrayal. Yet there is a broader dimension to the ALP leadership crisis that is more complicated.

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.

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.

Initial Analysis of the Gillard government’s ‘Clean Energy Future’ Proposal

July 11, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB. On Sunday 10th July, 2011, the Gillard government announced the details of its long-awaited carbon tax—the Clean Energy Future scheme. The hype surrounding the announcement was justified; for a number of reasons, this was one of the most important public policy announcements since Federation. I have a cautiously favourable view of the scheme, based on clear scientific evidence about the seriousness of the climate change threat and expert analysis indicating that a market-based carbon price is the cheapest and easiest way to achieve comprehensive nation-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction.

YOUTH VOICE: Considering the Proportional Representation Voting System

June 28, 2011 by

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BY RENAE SHILG. 'Proportional Representation' is a fairer and more representative form of electoral system than the preferential system that our House of Representatives currently employs. However, caution must be taken to ensure a government that can, as well as being as representative as possible, perform its duties effectively. Otherwise, no matter how widely representative it was it couldn't be considered a 'good' government.

‘The Tactical Stupidity of Threatening Climate Scientists’

June 22, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB. The recent spate of threats against climate change scientists in Australia is an act of tactical ineptitude from those responsible within the climate sceptic movement, which only serves to highlight the weakness of the sceptic position on climate change in the face overwhelming contrary evidence.

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.

Eye on the Media: The Battle to Discern Reliable Information

June 14, 2011 by

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Eye on the Media this week: Attacks on climate scientists; millions displaced by natural disasters; Bob Brown and the media; Carbon mitigation responses in other countries.

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

June 2, 2011 by

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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.

Eye on the Media: The Many Faces of Adaptation to Change

May 31, 2011 by

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In this edition of Eye on the Media: SMH economic editor slams Australia's immature climate change debate, along with more on the 'Arab Spring', the European debt crisis, the US-China rivalry, and the difficulties faced by soldiers returning home from combat zones.

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.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: The Media as a Venue for Political Contest

May 15, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB. The media is usually the main public forum for political discourse. At its best, the media provides a venue for all sides of a debate to make their case, yet this does not always occur. At its worst, the media is openly biased toward one side of a debate, or narrows the focus of a debate to the exclusion of other mitigating factors, or even disseminates outright untruths. In short, the media is a venue for the contest of power and ideas. In short, the media is a venue for the contest of power and ideas.

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?

Eye on the Media: We don’t like change, but it’s coming anyway

May 2, 2011 by

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Australia's political discourse is becoming ever more infantile at the very time when global problems make an informed and politically savvy citizenry all the more important...

Eye on the Media: A Pause for Self-Reflection

April 18, 2011 by

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Interesting recent articles and reports that shine a light on the public consciousness.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: The Evolution of Liberal-Democracy, Part II — The Industrial Revoltion, Capitalism and the Grand Compromise

April 12, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB. The upheaval of the industrial revolution moulded liberalism and democracy into the liberal-democratic political system, embodied in the parliamentary system of checks and balances, that we know today. Parliament, as an expression of the liberal-democratic compromise, acts as a safety valve, incorporating dissenting views within the governing system so that people need not resort to revolution to maximise their welfare or mediate competing interests via the barrel of a gun.

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 […]

PODCAST: Interview with Heather Bruer from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition

April 1, 2011 by

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Our guest on the podcast today, Heather Bruer from the Australian Youth Climate Coaltion (AYCC), is a 21 year old Economics student at the University of Adelaide and is currently co-director of the AYCC in South Australia. In December 2010 Heather was part of the Australian Youth Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Council of Parties 16 (COP16) climate talks in Cancún, Mexico. In the podcast, Heather talks about her experiences at COP16 in Cancún, the reasons she became a climate activist and the moral imperative for young people to engage with the politics of climate change, as well as her thoughts on the current carbon pricing debate in Australia.

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.