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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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, …

Abbott’s old instincts

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Just when we thought that Tony Abbott was making a genuine, if belated, attempt to shed his identity as Dr No, the prophet of negativity, his old instincts have come roaring back. Not content with promising to abolish the carbon and mining taxes, to …

Not healthy: The trouble with Fiona Nash

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Tony Abbott just doesn’t get it. The accusation against his Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash is not just one of parliamentary jaywalking: a momentary lapse of diligence in observing the ministerial code of conduct, or the inadvertent and short-lived …

Alexander Downer’s age of entitlement lives on

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So Joe Hockey thinks the age of entitlement is over. Not for Alexander Downer it isn’t; entitlement has been part of the Downer genome for generations, and it will take more than the upstart son of an Armenian to end it. As the nearest thing to …

Closing the education gap

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There is no need to doubt Tony Abbott’s sincerity when it comes to indigenous affairs; his quasi-religious conversion to the cause rings entirely true, as does his determination to make a real difference in the area during his time in office. His …

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