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  1. 20 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Australian Politics, Democracy

    Voter aspiration delivers for coalition

    Scott Morrison’s "aspirational individualism" resonated with voters, leaving the polls behind and forcing a Labor rethink, says University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 14 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Asylum seekers, Politics, Refugees, UNHCR

    Protection or punishment for refugees: What are the election policies?

    Australian politics needs a robust debate on the human rights implications of our refugee and border protection policies says University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 13 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Digital, Internet, Law, Social Media

    Major parties staying silent on social media regulation

    Australians are voting in an age of hyper-partisan, shareable fake news; a University of Melbourne expert says social media regulation is a key election issue.

  4. 13 May 2019 – Books, Digital, Literature, Publishing, Reading

    The rise of the microgenre

    Digital publishing has led to the rise of niche microgenres in books and, according to University of Melbourne research, it’s changing our literary landscape.

  5. 10 May 2019 – Breastfeeding, Ecology, Feminism, Mothers, Sustainability

    The human animal: Breastfeeding in public

    A show by a University of Melbourne researcher puts the act of breastfeeding on stage; exploring what it means to be a ecofeminist mother in the 21st century.

  6. 6 May 2019 – Federalism, Government, Rodrigo Duterte, The Philippines

    The Philippines is a test case for Asia’s new federalism

    Ahead of elections President Duterte's promise to decentralise The Philippines in favour of federalism is in the spotlight says a University of Melbourne expert

  7. 24 April 2019 – Alcohol, Anzac Day, Australian History

    A toast to Anzac Day

    A celebratory drink is part of Australia's ANZAC tradition but as a University of Melbourne historian explains drinking on the day has always been controversial

  8. 17 April 2019 – Architectural Heritage, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Medieval Architecture, Notre Dame de Paris

    A blow to the heart of the City of Light

    The Notre Dame fire devastated Parisians, and many over the world, but a University of Melbourne expert says it has long withstood violence, war and revolution.

  9. 16 April 2019 – 2019 Indian Elections, Australia India Institute, Elections, India, Politics

    India’s alliance politics

    With the Modi magic waning, a University of Melbourne expert says the 2019 Indian general elections are a story of alliances and partnerships.