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

  1. 8 March 2018 – Bill of Rights, Equality, Human rights, Religion, Same Sex Marriage

    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.

  2. 1 March 2018 – Australia, China, International Law, South China Sea, This Is Not A Drill

    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.

  3. 1 March 2018 – Election Watch, Elections, Europe, Italy, Politics

    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.

  4. 27 January 2018 – Australia, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Politics, Women

    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.

  5. 23 January 2018 – Australia, Gun Control, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Politics

    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.

  6. 21 December 2017 – Australia, Australian Politics, Climate change, Energy, Policy

    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

  7. 20 December 2017 – Accessibility, Disability, Funding, NDIS, Volunteer

    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.

  8. 12 December 2017 – Democracy, Funding, NGO, Not-for-profit, Politics

    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.

  9. 7 December 2017 – Donald Trump, North Korea, Nuclear Missiles, US President, United States

    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

  10. 6 December 2017 – Australian Politics, NBN, Policy, Politics, Public Service

    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.