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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Time loop

Politics

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

arts

Illustrations by Peter Hudson & Gurindji schoolchildren

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Jung at heart

Politics

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, …

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Old house

Politics

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 …

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Leaders roll

nation_reviewed

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". "Enter …

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Dropping the ball

Society

About two and a half thousand years ago, the historian Herodotus records, the Persian tyrant Xerxes was rampaging through northern Greece at the head of the greatest army the world had seen. He had forced the pass at Thermopylae, and now had an apparently …

Le parti, c’est moi

Politics

Liberal leaders since Menzies

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El pollo loco

Politics

At the beginning of 1971 the Australian Labor Party found itself in the unusual position of having some spare money in the bank. A little over a year earlier Gough Whitlam had produced a massive swing to Labor, putting the party within easy striking distance …

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Stars in their eyes

Politics

Imagine that you are a member of the Labor Party living in the regional New South Wales electorate of McMahon. The seat is held by the National Party, but the long-standing member is retiring this year, and that, combined with demographic changes, has …

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