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As debate rages in Australia about the treatment of asylum seekers, Melbourne researchers are tracking the history of intolerance and exclusion right back to 16th century Europe.

European residents have a general 'lack of confidence' in the EU to provide solutions, said Prof Philomena Murray on SBS News this week.

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The landslide victory by the Narendra Modi led BJP in the Indian election will please business leaders, says Dr Pradeep Taneja. 

Associate Professor Joo-Cheong Tham from the Melbourne Law School thinks we need to strengthen the laws governing political donations and political funding. He spoke with Tony Eastley on ABC News 24.

The Commission of Audit will likely recommend privatisation and removal of duplication to reduce government spending and bring the federal budget to surplus in its extensive report, released today.

US allies in Asia will be watching President Obama's decisions in the Ukraine crisis closely to gain a hint of how he is likely to act in the East China Sea.

Corruption scandals are likely to cost President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party of Indonesia in the country's parliamentary election on Wednesday.

Claiming people have "a right to be bigots" undermines the rights of equality with dignity and non-discrimination, says Dr Mark McMillan, who sued columnist Andrew Bolt in 2009 under the Racial Discrimination Act.

Former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella will join the University of Melbourne as a Public Policy Fellow, contributing to public debates of national importance and helping teach students.

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