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

  1. 22 October 2020 – History, Human rights, Paris Agreement, Social Policy, United Nations

    Celebrating 75 years: The UN’s past and future

    It’s 75 years since the United Nations was formed in 1945; a University of Melbourne expert says one of its major achievements is to have survived for so long.

  2. 20 October 2020 – 2020 US Presidential Election, Donald Trump, International Relations, Joe Biden, United States

    Will the next president restore American leadership in Asia?

    Under Trump’s presidency, perceptions of the US in Asia have sunk to historic lows. A University of Melbourne expert asks if the US election could reverse this?

  3. 7 October 2020 – 2020 Federal Budget, Australian Politics, Business & Economics, COVID-19, Recession

    Australia’s COVID-19 Budget

    Australia’s COVID-19 Budget has one clear goal: to steer the country out of its first recession in 30 years - University of Melbourne experts react.

  4. 1 October 2020 – 2020 US Presidential Election, COVID-19, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, US Presidents

    Dodging disease and death in the first US presidential debate

    A University of Melbourne expert says the first US presidential debate didn’t have a winner but was a testimony to dire political discourse without compassion.

  5. 15 September 2020 – 2020 US Presidential Election, Democracy, Donald Trump, Elections, United States

    As the US elections near, global democracy is at stake

    A University of Melbourne expert says the result of the US Elections will not just shape US democracy, but could diminish the very idea of democracy globally.

  6. 9 September 2020 – Aboriginal, Constitutional, Dungala Kaiela Oration, Indigenous, Murray-Darling River Basin

    Is Our Story respected and valued?

    Dr Lois Peeler AM explores how respect for Indigenous knowledge could change Australia in the annual Dungala Kaiela Oration with the University of Melbourne.

  7. 31 August 2020 – COVID-19, Food Security, Indonesia, Jakarta, Women

    Women reorganising local food networks with technology in Jakarta

    Research involving the University of Melbourne finds Women in Jakarta are using online technology to develop local food networks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  8. 25 August 2020 – Australia, International Relations, Racism, Sport and Culture, Sports

    Sports can show Australia’s better face

    From the AFL’s Indigenous round to taking the knee, sportspeople can show the better face of Australia to the world, say University of Melbourne experts.

  9. 12 July 2020 – Australian Politics, Gladys Berejiklian, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Sally Capp

    Two leaders with the right stuff

    Gladys Berejiklian and Sally Capp, winners of the 2019 McKinnon Political Prize for Political Leadership, have successfully mixed strength with empathy