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

  1. 23 January 2018 – Australia, Gun Control, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Politics

    John Howard: On gun control

    Former PM John Howard looks back at his legacy on gun control in Australia as the University of Melbourne marks the McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership.

  2. 20 December 2017 – Accessibility, Disability, Funding, NDIS, Volunteer

    Measuring the value of Australian volunteers

    Volunteering is facing uncertainty, but University of Melbourne experts are set to measure the value of volunteers working with people with disabilities.

  3. 12 December 2017 – Democracy, Funding, NGO, Not-for-profit, Politics

    The silence of the not-for-profit sector

    Research, involving the University of Melbourne, finds that Australia’s not-for-profit organisations are staying silent on big issues for fear of funding cuts.

  4. 7 December 2017 – Donald Trump, North Korea, Nuclear Missiles, US President, United States

    Could personal insults trigger war?

    University of Melbourne research finds US President Donald Trump's insult trading with North Korea indicates an erratic response to rising nuclear threat levels

  5. 6 December 2017 – Australian Politics, NBN, Policy, Politics, Public Service

    Defining policy failure in the Australian public service

    The University of Melbourne's 'The Australian Policy Handbook' looks at how the success or failure of policy can impact on the public's perception of the APS.

  6. 5 December 2017 – Australian Politics, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Policy, Politics

    What does strong political leadership in Australia look like?

    The University of Melbourne and the Susan McKinnon Foundation launch the McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, honouring outstanding Australian politicians.

  7. 4 December 2017 – Australian Politics, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Populism

    Regenerating political leadership in a populist age

    Gareth Evans argues our politicians needs new thinking, consensus and empathy as University of Melbourne launches new McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership

  8. 30 November 2017 – Asylum Seekers, Australian Politics, Human rights, Offshore Detention, Refugees

    How did it come to this?

    Australia's asylum seeker policies put it in breach of its international obligations. A University of Melbourne expert charts how the country came to this.

  9. 27 November 2017 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Activism, Indigenous, Indonesia, Music

    Music for change

    In collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Indonesian band Navicula is using music to strike chords of change in global indigenous communities.