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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Abbott’s old instincts

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Just when we thought that Tony Abbott was making a genuine, if belated, attempt to shed his identity as Dr No, the prophet of negativity, his old instincts have come roaring back. Not content with promising to abolish the carbon and mining taxes, to …

Not healthy: The trouble with Fiona Nash

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Tony Abbott just doesn’t get it. The accusation against his Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash is not just one of parliamentary jaywalking: a momentary lapse of diligence in observing the ministerial code of conduct, or the inadvertent and short-lived …

Alexander Downer’s age of entitlement lives on

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So Joe Hockey thinks the age of entitlement is over. Not for Alexander Downer it isn’t; entitlement has been part of the Downer genome for generations, and it will take more than the upstart son of an Armenian to end it. As the nearest thing to …

Closing the education gap

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There is no need to doubt Tony Abbott’s sincerity when it comes to indigenous affairs; his quasi-religious conversion to the cause rings entirely true, as does his determination to make a real difference in the area during his time in office. His …

Lies, damned lies, statistics and by-elections

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The long-awaited by-election for Kevin Rudd’s old seat of Griffith went pretty much as predicted: Terri Butler held it for Labor, but not without a tough and expensive fight and more than few anxious moments. The result, however, is being spun …

Another Royal Commission?

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Tony Abbott is taking his time before announcing his next campaign, which is to be a fully-fledged Royal Commission into the trades unions – their corruption, their violence, their bad table manners and their general Un-Australianness. We know …

Is Australia’s social welfare bill unsustainable?

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Australia’s social welfare bill is unsustainable. Everyone knows it, and what’s more it is going to get more unsustainable as the population ages and a smaller proportion are actually in the workforce and paying taxes. So clearly something …

A chook raffle for a navy lost at sea

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We are constantly being told that our defence forces are underfunded but this is ridiculous. It now looks as if we will have to run a few chook raffles to fund the purchase of a compass and set of charts for the Royal Australian Navy or at least a sextant …

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 …

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