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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Do we really need an honours system?
Australia Day honours are at odds with our democratic ideals
Fire man Sam
Dastyari’s China-related missteps have been a gift for Turnbull – one that the PM hopes will keep on giving
Bennelong’s greatest hits
John Alexander’s victory has instilled Malcolm Turnbull with some fighting spirit
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
Backlash in Bennelong
A Liberal-led smear campaign will only make Kristina Keneally a bigger threat to the government
Business as usual on same-sex marriage
There will be no resolution until Turnbull deals with his conservatives
Rejection of the Uluru statement reveals the real Turnbull
The arguments against an Indigenous voice to parliament simply don’t stack up
Euthanasia, like same-sex marriage, is a decision for the parliament
There is a stark difference in how the Victorian premier and the PM approached their respective hot-button issues
Names have been suppressed
Attempts to encourage censorship and deliberate amnesia seldom work
Bob Hawke, we miss you
In retrospect, the Hawke years seem something of a golden age.
Of course sports and politics should mix
They can and they do, and politicians only object when it’s a message they don’t like
The crusade against same-sex marriage
The Church is inconsistent in its rhetoric on discrimination
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