Mungo MacCallum

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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There is a stark difference in how the Victorian premier and the PM approached their respective hot-button issues
Euthanasia, like same-sex marriage, is a decision for the parliament
The success of Victoria’s Labor government in passing its assisted dying legislation through the lower house is surely an object lesson in how to handle a sensitive and...
Attempts to encourage censorship and deliberate amnesia seldom work
Names have been suppressed
Soon after a maniacal gun nut slaughtered and maimed numerous concertgoers in Las Vegas, the idealists proposed a solution. Expunge the killer from history, they pleaded: never...
In retrospect, the Hawke years seem something of a golden age.
Bob Hawke, we miss you
I may be getting nostalgic in my old age – hell, I am getting nostalgic in my old age. But it was hard not to rejoice in the good old days as Bob Hawke and Gareth Evans arrived at...
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They can and they do, and politicians only object when it’s a message they don’t like
Of course sports and politics should mix
Keep politics out of sport. No doubt this piece of graffiti appeared some 2000 years ago on the walls of Olympia, when the Roman emperors were accused of fixing the...
The Church is inconsistent in its rhetoric on discrimination
The crusade against same-sex marriage
At last our national daily has come clean. The Australian has now abandoned any pretence that the current plebiscite has anything to do with same-sex marriage and instead embarked...
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Lionel Murphy was a singular personality – and it got him in trouble
Exhuming the Murphy allegations
Thirty-odd years after his death, the archivists have exhumed Lionel Murphy, the incomparable attorney-general from Gough Whitlam’s government. Or, rather, they have not...
Malcolm Turnbull got his postal survey win in the High Court but still stands to lose
An ugly same-sex marriage debate is just beginning
It was not the end; it was not even the beginning of the end. But it was, finally, the end of the beginning. The High Court has at last fanned the long-smouldering same-sex...
The government is becoming increasingly desperate to paint Labor as a poor economic manager
‘Socialist’ Shorten and the small businessmen
After the past fortnight, Bill Shorten will have to update his Wikipedia entry. It appears that apart from being, as he insists, a Victorian, he is also a Cuban, an East German, a...
How can Turnbull overcome the Coalition’s ongoing poll woes?
Leader’s block
From bollocks one week to bollards the next. Malcolm Turnbull’s response to everything that went wrong with the latest session of parliament was to ramp up the terrorist threat...
Won’t somebody think of the Roman Catholics?
Religious persecution
You have to pity the poor put-upon Roman Catholics. Not since the time of Emperor Nero have they been forced to suffer such relentless persecution. The entire year has been a...
Who will take the blame for the Commonwealth Bank’s latest scandal?
The buck stops here
Talking about inequality is not exactly new. Almost a century ago the writers F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway were musing about it in their short stories. “Let me tell...
What is Foxtel doing with $30 million of taxpayers’ money?
Bad sports
It was a week that featured the same-sex marriage imbroglio, the NBN disaster, the water-rorting in the Murray-Darling Basin endorsed by Barnaby Joyce, and now the accusations...
Section 44 of the Constitution is not an adequate way of gauging allegiance to Australia
It’s just the vibe of the thing
Another fine mess the Constitution has got us into. Section 44 – the bit that deals with the eligibility or otherwise of members of parliament – is archaic, confusing and...
It’s nice that Nick Greiner thinks a chat might end the Abbott–Turnbull war
On the bright side
The new Liberal Party federal president, Nick Greiner, is aiming for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he’s doing it the hard way. Eschewing simple conflicts such as solving the...
Turnbull isn’t the only Liberal avoiding mathematical reality
A simple case of arithmetic
The most remarkable thing our prime minister said last week was not his claim that the party founded by Sir Robert Menzies was not Conservative but Liberal – even liberal, a touch...
Turnbull cannot ignore Abbott and hope the problem magically disappears
He who must not be named
The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once declared, “What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.” And Malcolm Turnbull could not agree more. The idea that if you...
Is the factional infighting just growing pains or symptomatic of an identity crisis?
The Greens’ colour wars
Lee Rhiannon is undoubtedly the disrupter, but in a sense the public fracturing of the Greens is largely the fault of her leader, Richard Di Natale. He was the one who decided...
What does the government think it will achieve with its proposed reforms?
The thin edge of the citizenship wedge
You might not know it, but Australia is in deadly peril. National security is endangered on all fronts, the most obvious indicator being the imminent arrival of fleets of boats...