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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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 …

The Australian’s Vendetta Against Clive Palmer

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The Australian already runs plenty of vendettas against the Greens, the ABC, the NBN, climate science, the Fairfax press and of course the Labor government and the independents who support it, to name but the most obvious. But it is a surprise …

The Mad Election

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Can it get any crazier? As the Australian political scene descends into a wallow of pettiness centred around who is and who is not wearing a blue tie, the long-suffering electorate is preparing to install a Prime Minister less than one fifth of the voters …

Afghanistan: When Will We Ever Learn?

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So the Australian troops are packing up their base at Tarin Kowt in Oruzgan province and preparing to leave Afghanistan. And not before time. Going into Afghanistan was always a bad idea: not as bad an idea as going into Iraq, or into Vietnam, or into …

The Departure of Martin Ferguson

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It says something about the nature of modern Australian politics that when the Labor veteran Martin Ferguson announced his imminent retirement, his own leader Julia Gillard was clearly less upset than was Liberal leader Tony Abbott. And in fact the two …

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