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Informative commentary on legal issues and advances in Victorian, Federal and international law.

  1. 20 June 2019 – Asylum Seekers, Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants, Refugees, UNHCR, World Refugee Day

    Rethinking Australia’s refugee policy

    Australia has an opportunity to re-evaluate its refugee policy and lead the world in sharing the burden says University of Melbourne expert on World Refugee Day

  2. 5 June 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Australian Politics, Democracy

    The political challenge of a divided electorate

    Australia's Federal Election was marked by countervailing swings that political parties will need to learn to navigate, says a University of Melbourne expert

  3. 30 May 2019 – #MeToo, Discrimination, Employment, Legal System, Workplace Culture

    Keeping sexual harassment complaints confidential

    Geoffrey Rush's recent trial failed to highlight leaking of the sexual harassment complaint and poor protection for complainant: University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 28 May 2019 – 2019 Indonesian Elections, Indonesia, Politics, Protest, Violence

    Jakarta riots reveal Indonesia’s deep divisions

    A University of Melbourne expert says Indonesia’s post-election riots and violence highlight the tensions over the place of Islam in the democracy.

  5. 26 May 2019 – Indigenous Politics, National Reconciliation Week, Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

    Fighting to right past wrongs

    Indigenous lawyer and University of Melbourne academic Eddie Cubillo says Australia needs to accept its history to overcome justified Indigenous cynicism.

  6. 26 May 2019 – Fair Work, Made Possible By Melbourne, Minimum Wage, Pay, Work

    Working hard to make work fairer

    University of Melbourne researchers have developed a model that helps the Fair Work Ombudsman find unscrupulous employers exploiting or underpaying workers.

  7. 16 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Banking, Banking Regulation, Banking Royal Commission, Corporate Regulation

    Weighing up the policy responses to banking misconduct

    Australia's major parties all have policies responding to financial services sector misconduct, but University of Melbourne experts say they are light on detail

  8. 8 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, One Nation, Pauline Hanson, Popularism

    Don’t write off One Nation’s election chances

    One Nation’s scandals and extremism hold it back, but it could tap into greater electoral support, say visiting University Melbourne experts from Stony Brook.

  9. 2 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Foreign Aid, Foreign Policy

    Australia’s cuts to aid go against national interest

    Australia's foreign aid is at a relative all-time low that will only hurt the national interest amid global instability, a University of Melbourne expert warns.