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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 30 April 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Australian Politics, Democracy, Election Watch, Elections

    Leader sloganising passed off as a debate

    The first leaders' debate of the Australian election was dominated by sloganising, which is why people are turning off, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.