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

  1. 20 March 2018 – Human rights, International law, Refugees, Statelessness, United Nations

    No country, no rights, no hope

    Millions of people worldwide are stateless, leaving them vulnerable to human rights abuses. The issue needs more attention, say University of Melbourne experts.

  2. 15 March 2018 – Australia, Australian Politics, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Politics

    A winning political vision

    Dean Smith and Vonda Malone are the winners of the McKinnon Prize for Political Leadership with the University of Melbourne - recognising visionary leaders.

  3. 15 March 2018 – Elections, Russia, Vladimir Putin

    Russia’s strange yet predictable election

    Russians go to the polls to re-elect Vladimir Putin as President. A University of Melbourne expert says if that sounds like a foregone conclusion, well, it is.

  4. 15 March 2018 – Australian Politics, Elections, Labour, Liberal Party, South Australia

    South Australia votes: A divided electorate

    University of Melbourne analysis finds the SA-BEST party could hold the balance of power if neither the Liberals nor Labor win outright in South Australia.

  5. Podcast14 March 2018 – Culture, Papua New Guinea, anthropology

    Seeing like an anthropologist

    This episode of the University of Melbourne's Eavesdrop on Experts podcast features anthropologist Monica Minnegal on her work in Papua New Guinea.

  6. 8 March 2018 – Bill of Rights, Equality, Human rights, Religion, Same Sex Marriage

    Religious freedom: One right among many

    A University of Melbourne expert argues the tension between rights like religious freedom and equality reflects the need for an Australian bill of rights.

  7. 1 March 2018 – Australia, China, Conflict, International Law, South China Sea

    This is not a drill: 5 facts about the South China Sea

    The South China Sea has become one of the region’s biggest potential flashpoints; a University of Melbourne special explores what it could mean for Australia.

  8. 1 March 2018 – Election Watch, Elections, Europe, Italy, Politics

    Will Berlusconi make a comeback in Italy? It’s anybody’s guess

    Italians are voting to elect a new government and a new prime minister; a University of Melbourne expert finds it's a very unpredictable political contest.

  9. 27 January 2018 – Australia, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Politics, Women

    Julia Gillard: On women

    Former PM Julia Gillard looks back at her legacy to women in Australia as the University of Melbourne marks The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership.