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 queen must be sacrificed

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To save the game, the queen had to be sacrificed – well, not so much sacrificed as replaced by the previously sidelined king. And of course there will be consequences, and not all of them will be pleasant – the removal of a monarch can never …

The Australian’s Vendetta Against Clive Palmer

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The Australian already runs plenty of vendettas against the Greens, the ABC, the NBN, climate science, the Fairfax press and of course the Labor government and the independents who support it, to name but the most obvious. But it is a surprise …

The Mad Election

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Can it get any crazier? As the Australian political scene descends into a wallow of pettiness centred around who is and who is not wearing a blue tie, the long-suffering electorate is preparing to install a Prime Minister less than one fifth of the voters …

Afghanistan: When Will We Ever Learn?

Afghanistan war

So the Australian troops are packing up their base at Tarin Kowt in Oruzgan province and preparing to leave Afghanistan. And not before time. Going into Afghanistan was always a bad idea: not as bad an idea as going into Iraq, or into Vietnam, or into …

The Departure of Martin Ferguson

Australian Politics

It says something about the nature of modern Australian politics that when the Labor veteran Martin Ferguson announced his imminent retirement, his own leader Julia Gillard was clearly less upset than was Liberal leader Tony Abbott. And in fact the two …

Betting Rules

Gambling

Julia Gillard is a very cautious punter; she prefers to have a dollar each way rather than risk all on a straight out plunge. So it is unsurprising that her proposed code for spruiking betting during sport on television is a pretty half-hearted one. There …

Another Abbott First

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Another first for the ever-unpredictable Tony Abbott. There is, he says, much in the budget that he finds objectionable – in fact, he doesn’t like it much at all. But he’s not going to oppose it – indeed, he’s not even going …

Slippery Pete and the Record for Political Flexibility

For a couple of days there it looked as though Peter Slipper had his sights set on an unlikely quadrella. Had his application to join Clive Palmer’s still-putative United Australia party stuck, it would have meant that he had sat in the House of …

No New Tax

Australian Politics

As if this election wasn’t mad enough already, both sides have decided to break the cardinal rule of Australian poll politics: No New Taxes. In fact, not only have both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott declined to make this core promise: each is going …

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