|Mungo MacCallum||Updated October 29, 2012|
Since the 1970s and 1980s, he has covered Australian federal politics from the Canberra Press Gallery for The Australian, The National Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Nation Review and radio station 2JJ/Triple J.
Currently he writes a column for The Byron Shire Echo, The Northern Star, and frequently writes for the magazine The Monthly and www.crikey.com.au. He also contributes political commentary to Australia's national Community Radio Network.
As an author, he has written several books, including 'Run, Johnny, Run', written after the Australian federal election in 2004. His autobiographical narrative of the Australian political scene, 'Mungo: the man who laughs' is currently in its fourth reprint. 'How To Be A Megalomaniac or, Advice to a Young Politician' was published in 2002 and 'Political Anecdotes' was published in 2003. In December 2004, Duffy & Snellgrove published 'War and Pieces: John Howard's last election'.
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