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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Silencing the messenger

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The government’s latest strategy to keep us from being surprised (or indeed, informed) is the well tried and simple one of shooting the messenger.  Thus Tony Abbott has abolished the Climate Change Commission and expunged the commissioner, …

Albo and Shorten: Weighing up the contenders

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The Labor Party is having a real election to choose its new leader, which is a good thing, although a lot of the commentators don’t seem to think so. They are worried that the caucus and the membership may not agree about the best candidate for …

Where to for the Labor Party?

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For the moment, of course, all eyes are on the triumphal Tony Abbott and all the speculation is about how he and his government will perform. But we should also check out the Labor side, and what it does – and what it fails to do – to repair …

Overkill: Labor’s attack fails badly

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In the end, it was a simple case of overkill. Labor was gaining traction over the coalition’s refusal to release its full costings, and Kevin Rudd knew it. So when the shadow Treasurer finally released a partial list of his planned savings, it …

Labor’s only hope: a miracle

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All but the most fanatical Labor supporters (well, and Kevin Rudd) must now accept that it is too late to turn the polls around by any rational means. The anti-Labor sentiment which was cemented into the electorate so thoroughly and for so long has now …

Murdoch’s war on Labor

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When Kevin Rudd was returned to the leadership of the Labor Party, quite a lot of voters were pleased. This was gratifying to the party chieftains, but the person they watched most anxiously was not actually a voter; indeed, he did not even live in Australia. This …

Green wedge

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How times have changed. In 2010 Tony Abbott was happy to swap preferences with the Greens and then, after Liberal preferences had put Melbourne’s Adam Bandt into parliament, to negotiate with him on bended knees in the hope of forming government. But, …

The resurrection of Peter Beattie

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The resurrection of Peter Beattie is, undoubtedly, a stunt – an attention-getter in the middle of a campaign whose first week was proving surprisingly lacklustre. The real question is whether it is a good stunt or a bad stunt, and here opinion is …

September 7: Victory day

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So at last we know: it’s September 7.  Kevin Rudd has gone against his own instincts and taken the advice of all around him: you can’t keep putting it off. This may be a good sign: many believed that the lure of the G20 meeting in the …

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