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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Berry bad labels
Why does our food labelling aim to confuse instead of enlighten consumers?
Tony Abbott has been buoyed by the polls, but celebrations might be premature
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
The best medicine
Freedom of speech
Inevitably, in the wake of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, the argument has turned to the line between satire and offence. But, in fact, this is a false dichotomy.
The two are indivisible; if satire does not offend at least someone, …
Never gonna give you up
University fee deregulation and why Christopher Pyne just can't let it go
Pushing the button
On Tony Abbott's pledge to keep the faith with the Australian people
Tony Abbott's political suicide
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