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

  1. 1 June 2017 – Brexit, Britain, Election Watch, Politics, Theresa May

    What will the British election mean for Brexit?

    As the UK's election race becomes tighter, University of Melbourne analysis looks at which party could be hammering out a Brexit deal with the EU.

  2. 31 May 2017 – Depression, Donald Trump, Poverty, Suicide, United States

    Australia’s middle-aged suicide rate ‘a cause for alarm’

    In the University of Melbourne's Policy Shop podcast, Angus Deaton discusses why white America is killing itself, and why Australia should heed this warning.

  3. Podcast31 May 2017 – Depression, Donald Trump, Poverty, Suicide, United States

    Deaths of despair

    In the University of Melbourne's Policy Shop podcast, Angus Deaton of Princeton University discusses the social crisis facing many white middle-aged Americans.

  4. 29 May 2017 – Affordability, Finance, House Prices, Housing, Property Market

    What comes after the housing boom?

    After 5 years of rising house prices, Australians have got themselves into more debt than ever. But could Australia’s latest housing boom soon be over?

  5. 23 May 2017 – Australian Politics, Disability, Equality, NDIS, Social Policy

    Can the NDIS deliver?

    A University of Melbourne report evaluates the progress of the NDIS so far, suggesting it may inadvertently exacerbate the inequities it was designed to solve.

  6. 22 May 2017 – Donald Trump, North Korea, Nuclear Missiles, Nuclear Proliferation, war

    More Jaw Jaw: Stopping North Korea going critical

    As North Korea ramps up its nuclear weapons threat, Donald Trump says he's willing to talk; a University of Melbourne expert says diplomacy is the only answer.

  7. 21 May 2017 – Asia, Asialink, Business, South Korea, Trade

    Why South Korea’s fresh start is good news for Australian business

    South Korea has elected a new president; AsiaLink Business at the University of Melbourne says this presents Australia with a big business opportunity.

  8. 9 May 2017 – 2017 Federal Budget, Economic Growth, Infrastructure, Public Policy, Taxes

    Budget hits political reset

    The Federal government's 2017-18 budget is as much about politics as economics, says University of Melbourne policy analyst Nick Reece

  9. 8 May 2017 – 2017 French Presidential Election, Europe, European Union, France , Politics

    The new French president’s role in saving Europe

    Emmanuel Macron has defeated Marine Le Pen in the presidential race; a University of Melbourne expert asks whether he will be key in saving the EU?

  10. 5 May 2017 – 2017 French Presidential Election, Europe, European Union, France , Politics

    Europe holds its breath as France chooses its President

    As Le Pen and Macron face off in the final round of the French presidential election, the University of Melbourne considers Macron's background and platform.