Expert opinion and analysis on government, power, policy and people and how it shapes our world.
Religious freedom: One right among many
A University of Melbourne expert argues the tension between rights like religious freedom and equality reflects the need for an Australian bill of rights.
This is not a drill: 5 facts about the South China Sea
The South China Sea has become one of the region’s biggest potential flashpoints; a University of Melbourne special explores what it could mean for Australia.
Will Berlusconi make a comeback in Italy? It’s anybody’s guess
Italians are voting to elect a new government and a new prime minister; a University of Melbourne expert finds it's a very unpredictable political contest.
Julia Gillard: On women
Former PM Julia Gillard looks back at her legacy to women in Australia as the University of Melbourne marks The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership.
John Howard: On gun control
Former PM John Howard looks back at his legacy on gun control in Australia as the University of Melbourne marks the McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership.
Australia’s ‘nothing to see here’ approach to climate policy
The Government’s review of climate change policy reveals a ‘nothing to see here’ approach, which according to University of Melbourne experts, is not surprising
Measuring the value of Australian volunteers
Volunteering is facing uncertainty, but University of Melbourne experts are set to measure the value of volunteers working with people with disabilities.
The silence of the not-for-profit sector
Research, involving the University of Melbourne, finds that Australia’s not-for-profit organisations are staying silent on big issues for fear of funding cuts.
Could personal insults trigger war?
University of Melbourne research finds US President Donald Trump's insult trading with North Korea indicates an erratic response to rising nuclear threat levels
Defining policy failure in the Australian public service
The University of Melbourne's 'The Australian Policy Handbook' looks at how the success or failure of policy can impact on the public's perception of the APS.