Destination Australia: how did we end up here?

Volume 11 Number 3 March 9 - April 12 2015


In recent years, events at sea, on Nauru and Manus Island have seen Australian asylum-seeker policy come under sharp public scrutiny. And although the boats may have stopped, over 50 million refugees remain scattered around the world. University of Melbourne researchers believe it’s time to change the face of the debate. By Elizabeth Brumby.

Writing history in pictures

Volume 11 Number 2 February 9 - March 8 2015


With the question of treatment of child refugees continuing to prick our national conscience, a new historical study explores how visual imagery of this vexed and divisive issue has changed over time and continues to impact government policy. By Gabrielle Murphy.

The leadership challenges for Victoria in 2015

Volume 11 Number 1 January 12 - February 8 2015


Experts in economics, management, health and education explore the pressing changes that will face the recently elected Andrews Labor government in 2015. These views were first published in fuller form on the Election Watch Victoria website.

Check your voting direction with Vote Compass

Volume 10 Number 11 November 10 - December 7 2014


Dr Aaron Martin, a political scientist advising the ABC/University of Melbourne Vote Compass project explains its workings. By Jo Chandler.

Can democracy be salvaged for the 21st century?

Volume 10 Number 10 October 13 - November 9 2014


Public Policy’s Mark Triffitt explores the woes, challenges and opportunities of democracy in the 21st century.

Why we care about equality and why we should

Volume 10 Number 9 September 8 - October 13 2014


Dr Jeremy Moss, Director of the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Melbourne, reflects on why we care about equality.

Laureate Fellowship for historian of child refugees in Australia

Volume 10 Number 9 September 8 - October 13 2014


World-class research into the history of child refugees in Australia has been recognised by the Australian Research Council (ARC), who recently announced Professor Joy Damousi as a recipient of an Australian Laureate Fellowship.

The mega-cost of mega-events

Volume 10 Number 7 July 14 - August 10 2014


As we farewell World Cup 2014, Daryl Holland looks at the business of sport: Individuals earning tens of millions for kicking a ball around, and mega-events costing billions but never turning a profit. Where does all the money come from and what defines a successful competition?

Inspiration from Al Gore to tackle climate change

Volume 10 Number 7 July 14 - August 10 2014


Claire Denby from the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute reflects on her participation in the recent Climate Reality Leadership Corps training with former US Vice-President Al Gore.

Searing of hearts and minds

Volume 10 Number 6 June 9 - July 13 2014


Melbourne hosts the 20th World Aids Conference this month, and a University of Melbourne exhibition documents responses to the epidemic since 1979. By Annie Rahilly.

Looking at another side of globalisation

Volume 10 Number 5 May 12 - June 8 2014


Maya Borom reviews a new book by University of Melbourne alumnus Doug Hendrie on the often overlooked benefits of globalisation.

A way forward: New technologies improve refugee health

Volume 10 Number 5 May 12 - June 8 2014


Bringing newly arrived refugees, medical specialists, GPs and new technologies together is reaping health rewards. By Liz Banks-Anderson.