Mungo MacCallum is a political journalist and commentator. His books include Run Johnny Run, Poll Dancing, and Punch and Judy. Visit his blog, The View from Billinudgel.
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Protecting Craig Kelly
Saving the MP from a preselection battle was another fine display of muppetry
Advance Australia – where?
The latest quest for a right-wing opponent to GetUp misunderstands what inspires people to action
Why Adani shouldn’t make long-term plans
The #climatestrike shows that the future is not on the miner’s side
Cooperation takes a back seat at APEC
As tensions between the US and China rise, it’s getting harder for Australia not to take sides
The ScoMo Express backfires
The PM’s farcical bus tour cements spin over substance as his brand
Scott Morrison’s foreign forays
The PM concluded a week of patchy diplomacy with his first major speech on foreign policy
Welcome to the hung parliament
This minority government could lead to some much-needed parliamentary reform
The Senate’s state of error
It started as theatre of the absurd, but by the end the “it’s OK to be white” episode had become an improbable fairytale.
Promo ScoMo and commodifying public space
The crass commercialism of last week’s promotion on the Opera House was a step too far
Morrison looks the other way
Mental health is taken seriously in Australia, but not for those incarcerated on Nauru
Australia Day: ScoMo doesn’t get it
The PM’s thought bubble about an Indigenous national day misses the point
Feeding the Muppets
What does the Morrison government have to offer in terms of serious policy?
Turnbull fires back
Unlike Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull never promised ‘no wrecking’
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