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

  1. 16 September 2018 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australia, Australian Indigenous History, Indigenous, Indigenous Politics

    Truth telling at Garma

    The University of Melbourne is partnering with the Yothu Yindi Foundation to build a reconciliation culture for Australians - supporting Indigenous development.

  2. 7 September 2018 – 2016 US Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Politics, US President, United States

    Turmoil in Trump land

    President Trump may be scandal-ridden and held in contempt in his administration, but a University of Melbourne experts says his base may like him all the more

  3. 6 September 2018 – Epidemics, Flu, Infectious diseases, Pandemic, This Is Not A Drill

    This is not a drill: 5 reasons why the experts are worried about the next pandemic

    Warnings tell us that the next global pandemic is a case of not if, but when - so are we preparing? A University of Melbourne special explores our risk.

  4. 5 September 2018 – Australia, Big Tobacco, Cigarettes, Law, Smoking

    Big tobacco vs Australia’s plain packaging

    A University of Melbourne expert explores Big Tobacco's ongoing litigation, currently with the WTO, aimed at impeding Australia's cigarette plain packaging laws

  5. 31 August 2018 – Australia, Australian History, Melbourne, Not-for-profit, Social Welfare

    Australia’s friendly history

    University of Melbourne research looks into the history of Australia's friendly societies; which provided all sorts of support to Australians before welfare.

  6. 30 August 2018 – Australian Politics, Labor Party, Liberal Party, Politics, Prime Minister

    Surviving Australian politics: 4 reforms to stop ousting leaders

    Australian politics is looking more like reality TV's Survivor. A University of Melbourne expert looks at how to end the near-constant cycle of Canberra coups.

  7. 22 August 2018 – Democracy, Donald Trump, Politics, Populism

    The West’s age of retreat

    Liberal democracy is in an age of retreat and needs to re-engage citizens, tackle inequality and end internet monopolies, argues University of Melbourne expert

  8. 20 August 2018 – 9/11 Attacks, Developing Countries, Iraq, Kofi Annan, United Nations

    The Kofi Annan I knew

    Professor John Langmore from the University of Melbourne, who worked with Kofi Annan at the UN in New York for five years, reflects on an inspiring leader.

  9. 6 August 2018 – Computer Gaming, Gaming, Internet, NBN, Video Games

    Building a national broadband for everyone...even gamers

    Are gamers to blame for slow speeds on the NBN? University of Melbourne experts look at whether it's fair to blame eSports players for using up too much data.