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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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From nation to now

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When a new Australian magazine invites me to reminisce about old Australian magazines I have worked for, it has either a lot of courage or a shocking grasp of my history. True, I have written for so many weeklies, fortnightlies, monthlies and quarterlies …

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