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 pariah on the world stage

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It is still not clear why Tony Abbott seems determined to trash Australia’s hard-won reputation as a good citizen of the world, but there can be no doubt that he no longer cares what our erstwhile friends and neighbours think of us – provided …

The Oz and the ABC

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In spite of the lavish praise from Tony Abbott’s bestie, the Australian’s foreign editor Greg Sheridan, it is now clear that our neophyte Prime Minister still has a lot to do before relations with Indonesia return to anything …

Everyone is out of step except our Tony

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You have to give it to Tony Abbott – he thinks big. Not satisfied with having put a wrecking ball through the relationship with Australia’s best friend in the neighbourhood, he has also set out to destroy Australia’s hard-won reputation …

Warren Truss and the Nats: Against the Grain(Corp sale)

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The National Party’s unobtrusive leader, Warren Truss, is not one for public posturing; on the rare occasions he breaks cover, he usually lives up to his name in trying to soothe and heal ruptures within the Coalition. So it is a surprise to see …

Bound by no conventions: Clive Palmer

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Tony Abbott was never looking forward to the recall of parliament, which is why he has put it off for as long as possible. In opposition, parliament was his natural habitat: he could treat it as an arena, a fighting ground where he could rant and bully, …

Bob Carr: There for a good time, not a long time

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Bob Carr has copped a bit of justifiable stick for announcing his resignation from the Senate just six weeks after being elected for a six year term but it was hardly a surprise: despite his protestations to the contrary, it was always obvious that the …

Abbott’s gobbledygook

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Remember what the last election was about? According to the prime minister it was all about trust – about whom we could trust to bring back fair dinkum, grown up honest government and the high standards that go with it.  Well, Tony, we’re …

Catholics, conscience and gay marriage

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AWU warlord Paul Howes may or may not be planning to get into the Senate, but he is certainly acting as if he is already a minister in the making. Last week he announced that he intends to try and change Labor Party policy on gay marriage; rather than …

Withered Greens

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There is an old joke that if you leave three Green politicians alone in a room for an hour, when you get back you will find two new party leaders arguing with a Tibetan monk. For many years the Greens were just not taken seriously: tree huggers, …

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