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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It’s just not cricket
Sledging is unlikely to improve, on the field or in politics
Unholy trinity suffers a setback
The sacking of Roman Quaedvlieg is only a minor impediment to Dutton’s plan
Don’t bank on it
The banking royal commission is unlikely to lead to lasting reform
The PM faces failing his own Newspoll test
What next if Malcolm Turnbull loses 30 successive polls?
Pokies industry wins in Tasmania
Gaming is the next corporate interest to govern in the state
Labor has the most to lose in the Batman by-election
Ged Kearney might be the right candidate in the wrong battle
Oh the hypocrisy
Last week abounds in examples of double standards
What’s not to like about a federal integrity commission?
Punters may be disappointed by what it uncovers
Do we really need an honours system?
Australia Day honours are at odds with our democratic ideals
Bennelong’s greatest hits
John Alexander’s victory has instilled Malcolm Turnbull with some fighting spirit
Fire man Sam
Dastyari’s China-related missteps have been a gift for Turnbull – one that the PM hopes will keep on giving
Nats in the ranks
Turnbull may have an ally in Barnaby Joyce, but the Nationals are a broad church.
The Bishop? In the cabinet room?
Staunching a leak will do little to allay the federal government’s troubles
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