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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Giants of their times
Remembering Richie Benaud and Peter Walsh
A serious conversation
Jolly Joe Hockey wants to have a little chat with you about taxation
Business as usual
Industry groups call for a “complete reset” regarding the nation’s finances. But are they serious about reform?
A Whitlamite sends off an old enemy who became almost a friend
Welcome to the political graveyard, PUP
Tony Abbott has been buoyed by the polls, but celebrations might be premature
Berry bad labels
Why does our food labelling aim to confuse instead of enlighten consumers?
The curse of the gods
The Liberal host is restive, if not mutinous.
Buffeted by headwinds, the ship of state is becalmed and its captain, in spite of his bravado and bluster, seems unable to move forwards.
Tony Abbott is under immense pressure to break the deadlock, and …
Until the times do alter
Julie Bishop to remain loyal to the PM, whoever that might be
A laughing matter
Australians do not insist that their prime ministers must be totally serious.
The punters were, by and large, prepared to tolerate and even enjoy the lofty wit of Gough Whitlam, the knockabout larrikinism of Bob Hawke and the biting mockery of Paul …
The myths of leadership
Abbott's warning to colleagues is not backed by history
The bleak choices facing Manus Island demonstrators
Tony Abbott determined not to repeat Gough Whitlam’s mistakes in Queensland
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