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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Exit right?

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As federal parliament began its final session of 2006, John Howard must have been feeling a bit like his beloved Australian cricket team: all he had to do to win was turn up. The past three elections had proved conclusively that he was not only omnipotent …

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Walk the line

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Mark Latham's latest work, A Conga Line of Suckholes, takes its tasteful title from one of the author's own more memorable epithets. Boof was referring to Liberal ministers queuing to service the American president, but the line could equally …

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The ghost gum of garden city

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Australia isn't very good at political monuments. We have nothing to compare with the Lincoln Memorial, let alone Mount Rushmore. Our greatest leaders are seldom commemorated by more than a brass plate on the house where they were born, or, in the case …

A word from Deakin

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Strange are the twists of Fate. As a young man and an aspiring politician I was an avid believer in the power of Spiritualism. Indeed, so convinced was I of my ability to communicate with the great men of the past that I thought, or imagined, to receive …

Stacking the board

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When Henry Kissinger, the architect of the Vietnam War, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the satirist Tom Lehrer announced that he was going into retirement: he could no longer compete with reality. I confess to feeling the same way when I heard that …

When the wind blows

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Every cliché has its day, so here goes: it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good. For everyone affected by it, Cyclone Larry was a disaster. Coastal townships south of Cairns were destroyed, crops of bananas and sugar cane flattened, infrastructure …

Comment

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Google a definition of 'faction' and this is the first answer that appears: fac-tion n. 1. A form of literature or film-making that treats real people or events as if they were fictional or uses real people or events as essential elements in an otherwise …

Evolution baby

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The year is 1830. William IV has ascended the British throne and Andrew Jackson is US president. France is in revolt after Charles X attempted to restore the absolute power of the monarchy. Joseph Smith is setting up the Mormons in Utah while a flu epidemic …

The Vanishing. It wasn’t the time, but he was the leader Labor had to have.

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‘Loner: Inside a Labor Tragedy’ by Bernard Lagan

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