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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Local government is in trouble

Australian Politics

Local government is in trouble – well, local government is always in trouble, but this time it’s not over charges of corruption or embezzlement; our third tier of government is actually going broke.  A report to the New South Wales Government …

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No Bid Election

Tony Abbott

There is not much to look forward to in the next election, still a full 20 weeks away – how will we survive? But there will be one unique feature about it which may provide some relief. Instead of bidding for our votes with improbable and …

Gillard vs Premiers & Universities

Julia Gillard

So Julia Gillard has unveiled yet another grand plan, and this time on her chosen ground of education. And obviously the vast increases in spending on schools and students, and particularly the most disadvantaged, should be a vote winner. But as usual, …

Our Old China Plate


Julia Gillard’s visit to China seems to have gone smoothly enough and her top-level talks at the forum at Boao are even producing concrete results. The ability to convert Australian dollars directly to Chinese Yuan will be a useful short cut for …


Labor Party

The cynics who believed that the pseudo spill was a conspiracy between Julia Gillard and Simon Crean to flush out and destroy Kevin Rudd should now think again: Crean was, as always, absolutely straight. His only concern was the welfare of the Labor Party, …

Resilient Gillard

Tony Abbott

Let me start this piece on a personal note. The day after the tragic farce of the leadership spill, Julia Gillard paid a long-scheduled visit to my home electorate of Richmond in northern New South Wales, so I tagged along. Richmond is held by Justine …

Make it memorable, Steve Gibbons

Labor Party

As if they didn’t have enough to fear and loathe already, the Liberal Party Tories and their media cheer squad have found a new hate object: the unassuming member for Bendigo, Steve Gibbons. Gibbons’s most recent crime is that last week, when demonstrators …

Western Whacking

Labor Party

Another week, another disaster for Labor. The whacking in the west was not unexpected – indeed, it was not even as bad as had been feared. At one stage the prediction was for the loss of 12 seats; it now looks a though this will be limited to nine at …

The Western Front


When you’re hot you’re hot, and when you’re not, well, you’re Julia Gillard. The premature announcement of the Prime Minister’s expedition into Sydney’s western suburbs was obviously a mistake; it gave the media far too much time to pontificate …