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Charging up an electric car can put as much strain on the energy grid as a small family home. So how can we embrace this new technology while keeping an eye on sustainability? VISIONS looks at cutting edge research into the design of electric vehicles and their likely impact on the electricity grid.

Planned changes to higher education funding and competition regulations build on reforms implemented by the previous Labor Government, according to University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis.

 

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.

Savvy bosses shouldn't prohibit their staff from using work computers for personal web surfing, according to a University of Melbourne study. In this 'Vintage Visions' episode — first aired in 2009 — Dr Brent Coker explains how surfing the net at work for pleasure actually increases a worker's concentration levels and helps them be more productive. 

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.

Visions this week takes to the high seas with researchers from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, who work with disabled patients and teach them how to sail. Professor Norman Saunders and PhD Candidate Maree Ellul are helping disabled people to sail, working with the Victorian Spinal Cord Service at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre and Docklands Sailing Club.  

Pro-Russian forces in the Ukraine ignored the government's ultimatum to leave government buildings in the east of the country on Monday. Professor John Langmore from the Melbourne School of Government told ABC News 24 that it was important for both parties to maintain a dialogue if the situation is to be resolved without violent conflict.

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

Visions takes a closer look at a unique cultural partnership between the University Library, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and the State Library of Victoria which showcases the two libraries' collections of works by 18th Century Printmaker and Architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi. The collections are the largest of their kind in Australia, and the resulting exhibitions, "Rome: Piranesi's Vision" at the State Library of Victoria and "The Piranesi Effect" at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, explore Piranesi's work and its impact on artists, writers and architects in his time and in ours.  

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.

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