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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 24 June 2020 – Australia, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Foreign Aid, Pacific

    Is Australia doing enough to support the Pacific?

    A University of Melbourne expert says the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are being felt by our Pacific neighbours, and it’s in Australia interests to help.

  6. 19 June 2020 – Australia, Britain, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Dual Citizenship

    How COVID-19 made me more Australian

    For a University of Melbourne academic, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK has brought the issue of national identity into sharp relief.

  7. 19 May 2020 – COVID-19, Centrelink, Coronavirus, Welfare

    Time for a Universal Basic Income?

    The socio-economic crisis brought by COVID-19 reveals cracks in social welfare and the need for radical transformation says a University of Melbourne expert.

  8. 12 May 2020 – COVID-19, COVID-19 India, Coronavirus, India, Pandemic

    India’s local governments tackling COVID-19

    Local government and communities are working together in India to help people face the challenges of COVID-19, says a University of Melbourne researcher.

  9. 29 April 2020 – 2020 US Presidential Election, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Donald Trump, United States

    10 reasons why COVID-19 favours a Trump election victory

    While Donald Trump has faced widespread criticism over his handling of COVID-19, a University of Melbourne experts says he may well prosper in the election.