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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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 …

Foreground image: Ted Bailleau. Background image: Campbell Newman. © Brian Cassey

Blame Canberra

Labor Party

An old Australian saying goes: When do you put in the boot? When somebody’s down. Which no doubt explains the all-Australian attack on our hapless prime minister over issues which should be Labor’s strengths: health and education. Victoria’s Ted …

Silly and Sillier

Gay marriage

With the election contest between the major parties apparently a foregone conclusion, perhaps it’s time for a bit of light relief with a look at the bit players. And no, we’re not referring to the Greens, who seem to have matured into the political …

King of the North

Liberal Party

There’s one thing about Tony Abbott’s Liberals: you can always rely on them to provide a healthy dose of nostalgia.When I joined the Australian back in the early days of 1965, one of the first stories I did was about a committee of Sydney …

Fixed Term

Julia Gillard

When Julia Gillard gave seven and a half months’ notice for the 2013 election, the breathless media branded her action as unprecedented, which it was, and as extraordinary, which it certainly wasn’t. After all, what she did was effectively declare …

Tony Abbott, March 2010, ahead of the Port Macquarie Iron Man event. © Nathan Edwards / Newspix

Too darn hot

Liberal Party

Joe Hockey for PM?

Senator Bob Brown of the Greens signs an agreement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard to support a minority government before fellow Greens Rachel Siewert, Christine Milne, Sarah Hanson Young and Adam Bandt as well as Treasurer Wayne Swan © Greens MPs/Flickr

The Gillard Agreement

The Greens

So Greens leader Christine Milne is unimpressed with Julia Gillard’s bargaining skills.“The Prime Minister is always cited as a great negotiator but I have pointed out that it’s not about whether you get an agreement, it’s about whether the agreement …