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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 31 October 2018 – Democracy, Donald Trump, Finance, Global Financial Crisis, Stock Markets

    A GFC 2.0 would remake the world in dangerous ways

    We are ill-equipped to deal any new and bigger Global Financial Crisis, and the political consequences could be dire, warns a University of Melbourne expert

  7. 30 October 2018 – Donald Trump, Election Watch, Inequality, US Midterm Elections

    US Midterms and inequality in four graphs

    Heading into the US Midterm elections a University of Melbourne expert uses four graphs to show how economic inequality is still shaping American politics.

  8. 16 October 2018 – Australian Politics, Offshore Detention, Protest, Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    Academics call for an end to immigration detention

    Academics for Refugees are protesting against Australia's policy of detaining refugees. University of Melbourne experts explain why they're adding their voices.

  9. 14 October 2018 – Donald Trump, Elections, Politics, Supreme Court, United States

    October surprises and the false hope of the midterms

    As Justice Brett Kavanaugh joins the US Supreme Court, a University of Melbourne expert explores whether a protest vote in the midterm elections is likely.