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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Joe Hockey for PM?
Thank the powers that be that we have the media to set decent standards. For weeks the pundits of the press have been inveighing against Nicola Roxon’s attempts to set uniform, comprehensive and comprehensible guidelines about what constitutes offensive …
The Gillard Agreement
So Greens leader Christine Milne is unimpressed with Julia Gillard’s bargaining skills.“The Prime Minister is always cited as a great negotiator but I have pointed out that it’s not about whether you get an agreement, it’s about whether the agreement …
Assange for the Senate
Making political predictions is an inherently risky task, but 2013 provides one pretty safe bet: barring armed revolution or similar catastrophe we will have a federal election in Australia. And if the concluding events of 2012 are any guide, it will …
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 …
The pursuit of character over substance
The game of politics
Rudd and the Murdoch press
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 …
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
Illustrations by Peter Hudson & Gurindji schoolchildren
Jung at heart
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, …
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 …
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".
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