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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The PM faces failing his own Newspoll test
What next if Malcolm Turnbull loses 30 successive polls?
Labor has the most to lose in the Batman by-election
Ged Kearney might be the right candidate in the wrong battle
Pokies industry wins in Tasmania
Gaming is the next corporate interest to govern in the state
Oh the hypocrisy
Last week abounds in examples of double standards
What’s not to like about a federal integrity commission?
Punters may be disappointed by what it uncovers
Do we really need an honours system?
Australia Day honours are at odds with our democratic ideals
Bennelong’s greatest hits
John Alexander’s victory has instilled Malcolm Turnbull with some fighting spirit
Fire man Sam
Dastyari’s China-related missteps have been a gift for Turnbull – one that the PM hopes will keep on giving
Nats in the ranks
Turnbull may have an ally in Barnaby Joyce, but the Nationals are a broad church.
The Bishop? In the cabinet room?
Staunching a leak will do little to allay the federal government’s troubles
Backlash in Bennelong
A Liberal-led smear campaign will only make Kristina Keneally a bigger threat to the government
Business as usual on same-sex marriage
There will be no resolution until Turnbull deals with his conservatives
Rejection of the Uluru statement reveals the real Turnbull
The arguments against an Indigenous voice to parliament simply don’t stack up
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