Mungo MacCallum


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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The Dogs are Talking

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A lot of political hardheads thought it would happen sometime, but few expected it so soon: barely six months after Tony Abbott led the Coalition to a very comfortable election win, speculation about his leadership is already underway. His judgement, …

Medicare: With friends like Liberals, who needs enemies?

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The reason for the much-loathed $7 co-payment for visits to bulk billing GPs, we were solemnly assured, was that the Medicare system is simply becoming unsustainable; something had to be done to rein in the costs. That was bullshit, and easily demonstrable …

Sometimes, the Good Guys Really Do Win

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Last week the giant Metgasco Company was preparing to move a drilling rig onto farmland at Bentley, west of Lismore, and the New South Wales government was preparing to confront the locals resisting it. Some 800 police, including elements of the Sydney …

Powerful Distractions

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I have a conspiracy theory. Just as the federal government was in desperate need of a distraction from its pre-budget confusion, and the New South Wales government was increasingly sinking into a slough of allegations of sleaze at the ICAC, James Packer …

A Decent and Civilised Community

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The debate over proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act seems to be getting more and more muddled. So let’s be clear about what the RDA actually seeks to do in its current form. It is not, pace George Brandis, about exterminating bigots. Nor …

Another week, another election

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Another bucket of money spent on a lengthy and divisive campaign in a far flung corner of the continent in order to select six seat warmers from a field of 77 has-beens and never-will-be's, a four week distraction allowing the government to hide the …

It’s time Bronwyn Bishop was removed

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It was inevitable that sooner or later Labor would be forced to move against Tony Abbott’s chosen speaker, Bronwyn Bishop, and last week the no-confidence motion finally came. Of course it failed on the numbers, but that does not mean that it was …

Pink batts to beat them with

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Has there ever been a more blatant, more cynical piece of political opportunism than Tony Abbott’s Royal Commission into pink batts? The Home Insulation Program, as it was more formally known, was actually running some five years ago and was closed …

March in March

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The organisers of March in March are understandably chuffed. The weekend saw demonstrations numbering many thousands in the cities and bigger than expected crowds in many of the regions. For an event arranged at short notice and built from the grass roots, …

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