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Expert opinion and analysis on government, power, policy and people and how it shapes our world.

  1. 5 December 2018 – Diplomacy, Donald Trump, Iran, Nuclear, Nuclear Proliferation

    The risk of Australia reconsidering the Iran nuclear deal

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison is reviewing if Australia should withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal – and that's a mistake says a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 27 November 2018 – Football, Indonesia, Sports, Sports Corruption, Violence

    Indonesian football: A matter of life and death

    A University of Melbourne expert says the killing of an Indonesian football fan by supporters of a rival club flags big issues within the governance of the game

  3. 21 November 2018 – Donald Trump, International affairs, Trade, US Midterm Elections, US President

    US midterm elections and Trump’s trade agenda: business as usual

    President Donald Trump's protectionist 'America First' agenda looks set to continue despite the midterm election results, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 19 November 2018 – Inequality, Labor Party, Labour, Labour Law, Workplace Change

    Can Victorian Labor really make ‘wage theft’ a crime?

    Victorian Labor has promised to criminalise 'wage theft' if re-elected, but University of Melbourne experts argue this will be difficult to do at state level.

  5. 19 November 2018 – Australia, Australian Politics, Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy

    If all else fails, do the conventional thing

    Government intervention in our National Electricity Market is now common; a University of Melbourne expert warns that without a national approach, we're at risk

  6. 8 November 2018 – Donald Trump, Politics, Populism, US Midterm Elections, United States

    The 2018 midterms: The suburbs turn

    President Trump's midterm strategy of stoking fear about immigration and crime has backfired in America's suburbs, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  7. 4 November 2018 – Democracy, Donald Trump, Election Watch, Elections, US Midterm Elections

    American tribalism let loose

    The US midterm elections may be the most tribal in history as both sides of politics compete to play the victim says a University of Melbourne expert.

  8. 3 November 2018 – Australian Politics, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Politics, Women

    Penny Wong: On change

    Senator Penny Wong looks at how modern Australian politics is changing as the University of Melbourne marks The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership.

  9. 1 November 2018 – Australia India Institute, Democracy, Election Watch, Elections, India

    How India runs the biggest elections in the world

    With around 900 million voters registered for India’s May general election, its democratic mechanics are well-organised, says a University of Melbourne expert.