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  1. 11 August 2023 – Australian Indigenous History, Indigenous, Law, Water, Water Management

    The legacy of aqua nullius is causing a sustainability disaster

    Australia’s water ecosystems are in trouble due to the concept that water belonged to no one during British colonisation, says University of Melbourne research.

  2. 26 June 2023 – Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, War in Ukraine, Wars

    Why Prigozhin’s march on Moscow was not a coup

    The Wagner group ‘mutiny’ grew out of an intra-elite feud in Russia – and it's a growing problem for Vladimir Putin, says University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 9 May 2023 – Government, Mental Health, Positive Psychology, Workplace Culture, Workplace Health and Safety

    Building mentally healthy workplaces

    Governments and employers must do more to prevent psychiatric injury and mental ill-health at work, says University of Melbourne researcher

  4. 2 May 2023 – Homeless, Protest, Protest Movements, Urban Design, Urban Planning

    Bendigo Street and occupation as protest

    The Bendigo Street Occupation shows housing activists and local governments can better work together for housing justice, say University of Melbourne experts.

  5. 13 April 2023 – Australian Politics, Indigenous, Law, Prison, Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

    Quantifying an Australian crisis: Black deaths in custody

    Official statistics recorded 106 deaths in custody last year, but these figures underestimate the scale of the crisis, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  6. 18 January 2023 – Immigration, Labour, Refugees, Slavery, Work

    Eradicating modern slavery in Australia

    The Government's review of the ‘Modern Slavery Act’, must address risks of forced labour inherent in our visa system, say University of Melbourne experts.

  7. 15 November 2022 – Australian Politics, Corruption, Elections, Integrity, Voting

    Rebuilding Victoria’s forgotten integrity institution

    Victorian voters rank political integrity as a key issue in the upcoming election – a University of Melbourne expert asks how public trust can be restored?

  8. 4 November 2022 – COP27, Climate Change, Emissions, Global Warming, Melbourne Climate Futures

    Climate justice at COP27

    The costs of climate change adaptation and escalating climate-fuelled disaster are likely to be the key issues at COP27 say University of Melbourne experts.

  9. 15 July 2022 – Children, Family Court, Gender, Transgender, Young People

    Australia’s courts and gender dysphoria

    Australia’s courts oversee the treatment for some children experiencing gender dysphoria, but University of Melbourne research asks if there's an alternative.