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The Policy Shop

A podcast series which ran between 2016 and 2018 about public policy and the way it affects Australia and the world.

  1. Listen29 June 2017 – Big Data, Entrepreneurs, Public Policy, Start-ups, Technology

    Kaggle founder talks Big Data

    Big Data is revolutionising how we live and work. This episode of the University of Melbourne's Policy Shop podcast discusses the opportunities and challenges.

  2. Listen22 June 2017 – Australian Politics, Business, Feminism, Gender, Gender Quotas

    To quota or not to quota

    The University of Melbourne's Policy Shop considers whether quotas or 'targets with teeth' will address the lack of women in Australian business and politics.

  3. Listen15 June 2017 – 2017 Federal Budget, Australian Politics, Education Policy, Funding, Higher Education

    What is a fair amount for university students to pay?

    In the latest episode of the University of Melbourne's Policy Shop podcast, a panel of experts consider cuts to higher education in the 2017 Federal Budget.

  4. Listen31 May 2017 – Depression, Donald Trump, Poverty, Suicide, United States

    Deaths of despair

    In the University of Melbourne's Policy Shop podcast, Angus Deaton of Princeton University discusses the social crisis facing many white middle-aged Americans.

  5. Listen12 May 2017 – Academics, European Union, Freedom, Populism, Universities

    The battle for academic freedom in Europe

    The University of Melbourne's Policy Shop podcast examines the Central European University's campaign against new Hungarian laws threatening academic freedom.

  6. Listen28 April 2017 – 2017 Federal Budget, Australian Economy, Australian Politics, Budget, Economics

    Where did all the money go?

    The University of Melbourne's Policy Shop podcast considers the 2017 Australian Federal Budget, looking in particular at the deficit and housing affordability.

  7. Listen17 March 2017 – Domestic Violence, Family Violence, Gender, Justice, Pornography

    Family violence: Ending the hidden crime

    Family violence has many causes, including societal attitudes towards women and many possible solutions, including attitudinal change programs and legal reform.

  8. Listen22 February 2017 – Democracy, Fake News, Future, Inequality, Optimism

    Why are we so angry?

    Why are we so angry, even though the world has never had it so good? Professor Peter Singer discusses what it means for the future.

  9. Listen23 December 2016 – Asylum Seekers, Public Policy, Refugees

    What is a refugee?

    As numbers of displaced people reach record levels around the world, nations have to find ways of dealing with the growing crisis.

  10. Listen9 December 2016 – Australian Economy, Business, Collaboration, Innovation

    Why Australia needs a business plan

    Australia's drop in the innovation rankings and the lack of collaboration between industry and universities are the focus of this episode of The Policy Shop.