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  1. Podcast3 September 2018 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australian Indigenous History, Constitution, Indigenous, Uluru Statement of the Heart

    Fighting for recognition

    In this episode of the University of Melbourne's Policy Shop podcast, Moana Jackson and Shireen Morris discuss Indigenous self-determination, and how to get it.

  2. 10 August 2018 – Data, Internet Security, Law, Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme, Privacy

    Patients and the data breach notification maze

    Privacy laws (including the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme) are confusing, particularly when it comes to health records, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 8 August 2018 – Discrimination, Immigration, India, Refugees, Statelessness

    History repeating: Losing citizenship in India

    University of Melbourne experts say the Indian National Register of Citizens (NRC) could repeat the mistakes of history by removing citizenship from immigrants.

  4. 2 August 2018 – Employment, Gender, Opinion, Social Media, Twitter

    Blurred lines: Your employer, Twitter and the law

    A University of Melbourne expert says Angela Williamson’s sacking from Cricket Australia, over political opinions on Twitter, shows us we need clearer laws.

  5. 24 July 2018 – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Competition Law, European Union, Technology, United States

    Taking on big tech: Where does Australia stand?

    Big tech is under fire in Europe. A University of Melbourne academic looks at how the EU's latest fine on Google could effect antitrust policy in Australia.

  6. 19 July 2018 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australia, Australian Politics, Indigenous Politics, Uluru Statement of the Heart

    The Uluru Statement from the Heart: Why I have hope

    Although the government rejected the Uluru Statement of the Heart, a University of Melbourne academic finds there's reason to hope for indigenous recognition.

  7. 12 July 2018 – Contracts, Employment, Fair Work, Minimum Wage, Work

    Tackling underpayment in cleaning supply chains

    Complicated outsourcing arrangements can undermine workplace rights, exposing the need for better solutions and incentives says a University of Melbourne expert

  8. 9 July 2018 – Australian Politics, Elections, Politics, Sexism, Women

    Sexism, women and Australian politics

    A University of Melbourne expert says David Leyonhjelm's sexist comment to Sarah Hanson-Young should ignite a fire in Australian women to get into politics.

  9. 17 June 2018 – Australia, Australian Indigenous History, Indigenous Politics, Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Uluru Statement of the Heart

    Duty and honour at the heart of Indigenous recognition

    The Uluru Statement of the Heart would put a duty on Australian Governments to consult with Indigenous Australians, as has been already done in Canada and NZ.

  10. 29 May 2018 – Banking Code of Conduct, Banking Royal Commission, Business Lending, Consumer Protection, Loan Guarantor

    When families and money don’t mix

    Parents can be vulnerable acting as guarantors of their child’s business loan – a University of Melbourne expert says we need better ways to support decisions