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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 5 April 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, 2019 Federal Budget, Australian Economy

    2019 Budget: Not just another budget reply

    Is ‘fairness’ becoming the new black in Australian politics? A university of Melbourne expert dissects opposition leader Bill Shorten's reply to the 2019 Budget

  6. 3 April 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Agriculture, Foreign Aid, Housing, Young People

    2019 Budget: The Verdict Part 3

    Melbourne University experts analyse the impact of Australia's 2019 Federal budget for farmers, young people, affordable housing and foreign aid.

  7. 3 April 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, 2019 Federal Budget, Australian Economy, Climate, Indigenous

    2019 Budget: The Verdict Part 2

    University of Melbourne experts dissect the 2019 Federal Budget, looking at welfare, climate change, refugees, Indigenous Australia, education and research.

  8. 2 April 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, 2019 Federal Budget, Australian Economy

    2019 Budget: The Verdict Part 1

    From politics and economics to infrastructure and domestic violence. University of Melbourne experts dissect the 2019 Federal Budget ahead of a nearby election.

  9. 2 April 2019 – 2019 Indonesian Elections, Election Watch, Elections, Indonesia, Politics

    Oligarchs, money and religion

    Indonesians are voting in parliamentary and presidential elections; a University of Melbourne expert says its focus is on reformers, reactionaries and religion.

  10. 25 March 2019 – Australian Politics, Election Watch, Elections, Politics, State

    NSW election: A false hope for Morrison government

    Australia's federal government is buoyed by the Coalition's NSW win, but a University of Melbourne expert asks if it's a litmus test for the federal election.