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  1. 12 December 2018 – Education, English, Grammar, Languages, Teaching

    Why are Australians linguistically lost?

    Formal teaching of English grammar was taken off the Australian curriculum in the 60s; but it's back and University of Melbourne experts say it's a great thing.

  2. 14 September 2021 – Australia, COVID-19, Democracy, Joe Biden, United States

    Australia needs a democracy fix

    A University of Melbourne expert says COVID-19's domination of public life since 2020 has overshadowed the need to focus on the health of Australia's democracy.

  3. 29 August 2017 – China, North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, United States, Wars

    North Korea: The ‘threat that leaves something to chance’

    Following North Korea's missile test over Japan, a University of Melbourne expert looks at whether a nuclear crisis involving the US could spiral out of control

  4. Podcast7 July 2016 – Australia, Australian Federal Elections, Australian Politics, Elections, Voting

    Reading behind the ballot papers

    Both major parties were losers in Australia's Federal election. In Policy Shop University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis discusses what's going on.

  5. 16 August 2017 – Australia, Conflict, Foreign Policy, North Korea, Peace

    Australia’s strategic steps before any North Korean conflict

    A University of Melbourne expert explores the steps the Australian government will exhaust before entering into a conflict with North Korea as a US ally.

  6. 5 June 2017 – Britain, London, Terrorism, UK General Elections, United Kingdom

    The British election: After the terror

    UK voters go to the polls after two terrorist attacks, in Manchester and London. University of Melbourne experts look at the impact on the democratic process.

  7. 11 April 2019 – Australia India Institute, Election Watch, Elections, India, Politics

    An Australian guide to India’s elections

    Tens of millions of people start voting over the next five weeks in the first phase of India’s giant general election, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  8. 2 December 2015 – Climate Change, Politics, United Kingdom

    Is the future of our planet too big for politicians?

    The Rt. Hon. Sir Simon Hughes argues the peace of the world may depend on curbing emissions.

  9. 10 October 2023 – Israel, Middle East, Palestinian Occupied Territories, Terrorism, Wars

    Q&A: Israel, Hamas and the future of the Middle east

    Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel marks a dramatic escalation in the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict says a University of Melbourne expert.