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

  1. 20 November 2019 – Brexit, Britain, Politics, UK General Election 2019, United Kingdom

    The sound and fury of Britain’s election

    The United Kingdom is counting down to a truly unpredictable election; a University of Melbourne expert outlines the battle lines between the political parties.

  2. 18 October 2019 – Australia, Australian Politics, Diplomacy, Foreign Aid, Foreign Policy

    Australia’s incredible shrinking Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    Diplomacy could be helping to further Australia’s interests, but with continuing DFAT budget cuts, University of Melbourne experts say it isn't a priority.

  3. 4 October 2019 – Australian Politics, Defence, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Security

    Staying the course with a light hand

    The former Director-General of ASIO outlines good leadership as the nominations for the University of Melbourne's McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership open.

  4. 24 September 2019 – Activism, Climate Change, Education, Protest, Young People

    Actions speak louder than words

    A University of Melbourne expert says education can help our young people become ‘action competent’ - enabling and encouraging them to push for real change.

  5. 10 September 2019 – Asia, Asialink, Australia, Discrimination, Leadership

    Most Asian-Australians experience discrimination

    New research that includes the University of Melbourne finds many Asian-Australians experience discrimination at work; limiting opportunities in leadership.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.