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

  1. 1 August 2018 – Environment, Plastic bags, Plastics, Pollution, Supermarket

    Why the plastic bag backflip is a bad idea

    Coles supermarket has reversed its ban on plastic bags: University of Melbourne experts explore the impact and what it means for Coles.

  2. 31 July 2018 – 2018 Pakistan Election, Imran Khan, Indo-Pakistan Relations, Pakistan, Politics

    Can Prime Minister Khan really deliver a ‘new’ Pakistan?

    Imran Khan's new role as Pakistani PM presents numerous challenges, including dealing with vote rigging accusations, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 11 July 2018 – Brexit, Britain, European Union, Politics, Trade

    Q&A: The great British Brexit

    Top resignations over the UK PM's Brexit approach has meant chaos for the government. We ask a University of Melbourne expert what it all means for Brexit?

  4. 9 July 2018 – Australian Politics, Elections, Politics, Sexism, Women

    Sexism, women and Australian politics

    A University of Melbourne expert says David Leyonhjelm's sexist comment to Sarah Hanson-Young should ignite a fire in Australian women to get into politics.

  5. 6 July 2018 – Americas, Election Watch, Elections, Mexico, Politics

    Mexicans voted overwhelmingly for change. Will they get it?

    Mexico has elected leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador or ALMO; but a University of Melbourne expert asks whether he can deliver on his reputation for change

  6. 26 June 2018 – Americas, Donald Trump, Mexico, Politics, South America

    A political watershed for Mexico?

    The Mexican election on July 1 could change the country's entire government, according to a University of Melbourne expert.

  7. 26 June 2018 – Asia, China, Hong Kong, Independence, Protest

    Inequality driving Hong Kong’s independence movement

    Hong Kong's independence ('Localist') movement is driven by income inequality, not a generational divide, says a University of Melbourne researcher.

  8. 14 June 2018 – Asialink, Australia, Cyberattack, Cybersecurity, This Is Not A Drill

    This is not a drill: A cyberthreat reality check

    Cybersecurity is now an official national priority for Australia, but what makes us vulnerable? A University of Melbourne special explores our cyber risk.

  9. 8 June 2018 – Diplomacy, Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, North Korea, Nuclear

    Is denuclearisation the ‘right’ goal for the US-North Korea Summit?

    Ahead of the US-North Korea summit, a University of Melbourne expert asks whether the wellbeing of the people should be the focus, rather than denuclearisation.

  10. 30 May 2018 – Asialink, China, Education, Teaching, Technology

    Creating ripples of learning in China

    Despite societal challenges, according to a University of Melbourne expert, China's approach to education is changing as it embraces student-driven learning.