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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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 …

The future of the Gonski reforms

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Last week was a good one for Coalition backdowns. First there was Malcolm Turnbull, admitting that if he becomes minister not only will what has already been rolled out of the National Broadband Network be preserved in its present form; so will work …

Rudd’s comeback and Murdoch’s counterattack

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The reaction to Rudd 2.0

It’s time, Kevin

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A week before Kevin Rudd made his comeback, he appeared on the ABC’s 7.30 to give his formula for beating Tony Abbott. The key, he said, was to hammer what he called Abbott’s three big lies: that he could stop the boats, that Australia …

Boat debate not so simple

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Suddenly the asylum seeker debate is not quite so simple. The Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has made it clear even to the most stubborn voter in the front bars of the western Sydney pubs that Tony Abbott does not have the answer. His …

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 …

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