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

  1. 9 August 2019 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australian Politics, Constitution, Indigenous, Uluru Statement of the Heart

    The spirit of our Nation

    In his Dungala Kaiela Oration, co-hosted by the University of Melbourne, Senator Pat Dodson says Indigenous Australians are still not benefitting from policy.

  2. 17 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Politics, Popular Culture , TV Drama, Television

    Get with the (political) programming

    If real-life politics is getting you down, University of Melbourne experts recommend fictional political TV power players to inspire your interest instead.

  3. 17 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Bob Hawke, Democracy, Populism, Trumpism

    The last election where anyone cares?

    Faith in democracy is plummeting in Australia, and we may be nearing a tipping point where not enough even care, warns a University of Melbourne politics expert

  4. 2 May 2019 – 2019 Indonesian Elections, Asialink, Democracy, Indonesia, Politics

    Is Indonesian democracy still trapped in old-style politics?

    Joko Widodo may have won Indonesia's elections; but a University of Melbourne expert says it's the next generation of politicians who will shake up democracy.

  5. 30 April 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Australian Politics, Democracy, Election Watch, Elections

    Leader sloganising passed off as a debate

    The first leaders' debate of the Australian election was dominated by sloganising, which is why people are turning off, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  6. 30 April 2019 – Australian Politics, Democracy, Elections, Parliament, Parliamentary Debate

    Here’s how to renew Australia’s Democracy

    Ideas for citizen juries, an independent speaker, and sitting MPs with their opponents are part of a push involving University of Melbourne to renew democracy.

  7. 18 April 2019 – 2019 Indonesian Elections, Australia, Elections, Indonesia

    Widodo on track to win, but what next?

    What does a second term for Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo mean? University of Melbourne experts cover all the angles from policy to civil society and women.

  8. 17 April 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Australian Politics, Elections, Leadership, Prime Minister

    What key quality should Australia’s next PM have?

    As Australia heads to the polls, a University of Melbourne expert says what the country needs most is a prime minister and politicians who tells it like it is.

  9. 11 April 2019 – Australia India Institute, Election Watch, Elections, India, Politics

    An Australian guide to India’s elections

    Tens of millions of people start voting over the next five weeks in the first phase of India’s giant general election, says a University of Melbourne expert.