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

  1. 11 November 2020 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous, Indigenous Policy, Land Rights, NAIDOC Week

    Safeguarding our shared cultural heritage

    There are thousands of agreements between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, but University of Melbourne experts say these agreements don’t always work.

  2. 10 November 2020 – COVID-19, COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry, Privatisation, Public Management, Public Service

    The limits of government outsourcing

    Failures in Victoria's COVID-19 hotel quarantine highlight growing concerns that outsourcing is hollowing out government, says University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 4 November 2020 – 2020 US Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Elections, US Presidents, United States

    The legacy of Trump

    A University of Melbourne expert says Donald Trump’s legacy will be the loss of faith in the office of the US president – both as a leader and an institution.

  4. 27 October 2020 – 2020 US Presidential Election, Asia, Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, United States

    Trump or Biden: The implications for Asia

    The US is more needed but less trusted in Asia; a University of Melbourne expert says Trump or Biden must work to restore America’s credibility in the region.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.