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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COAG Battles

Campbell Newman

Premiers’ Conferences used to be so simple. The night before, the six premiers would arrive in Canberra, check into the old Canberra Hotel and have quite a few drinks as they waited for the Commonwealth to produce its offer of money. They would then …

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Junk politics

Bob Brown

The pursuit of character over substance

Amateur league

Politics

The game of politics

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Rudd and the Murdoch press

Politics

The most powerful man in Australia does not actually live in Australia. This, for many, is just one more reason to fear and loathe him. Much of Australia has never forgiven Rupert Murdoch for putting wealth and power above patriotism, and deserting his …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Time loop

Politics

By a remarkable coincidence, Australia and India share a national day: both countries have their biggest party of the year on 26 January. But the day means very different things to these two members of the British Commonwealth. Indians celebrate the day …

‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ by Paul Kelly & Kev Carmody

arts

Illustrations by Peter Hudson & Gurindji schoolchildren

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Jung at heart

Politics

A seldom-noted characteristic of the Australian political class is that almost all its members - participants, commentators and spectators - are fervent disciples of Carl Gustav Jung. Jung, along with Sigmund Freud, was one of the founders of modern psychology, …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Old house

Politics

Kevin Rudd personifies generational change in Australian politics, in part because he is the first prime minister not to have served an apprenticeship in Old Parliament House. Rudd entered parliament a mere ten years ago, and the amazing erection on Capital …

Leaders roll

nation_reviewed

Banker-turned-politician-turned-commentator Professor John Hewson is very cross with the Australian media. He thinks journalists have become infatuated with Kevin Rudd and will probably continue to back him uncritically "until long after he's relevant". "Enter …

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