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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Question Time: an utterly unedifying spectacle
Has this central democratic process devolved beyond dysfunction?
Seriously scary times
What are the implications of the Trump-Kim summit for America’s allies?
Picking on Aunty
Why the latest push to privatise the ABC is not new or surprising
The end of civilisation?
On the hyperbolic reaction to ANU’s decision to part ways with the Ramsay Centre
The Barnaby Joyce sideshow
Joyce is merely the most prominent of many embarrassments for the government
Why Andrew Hastie’s decision – taken without warning the PM – is unpardonable
Turning a blind eye to live exports
Just how bad do things have to get before we declare the system broken?
What’s in a name?
From Pig Iron Bob to Unbelieva-Bill: the trouble with nicknames in politics
A tale of two leaders: Malcolm Turnbull and Emmanuel Macron
They have much in common, and yet their approaches to leadership couldn’t be more different
The bankers’ prime minister
Highlighting Shorten’s union past has awkward implications for the PM
South African farmers: we will decide
Australia, refugees and the politics of fear
The Commonwealth Games: inspired integration
The level of inclusion on the Gold Coast has been a breakthrough
Manus Island tourism
Is the former detention centre site a tropical paradise or hell on earth?
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