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Mungo bids farewell, for now

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  1. I love, adore, respect and admire you Mungo. You are my Australian icon. Best wishes for your hasty recovery during which I shall miss your voice so much. At least I have your books in the meantime.

  2. I shall deeply miss your insightful spoken observations but look forward to the return of your written ones Mungo – which I have admired, and with which I have so frequently concurred, over so many years.

    Every best wish for a speedy recovery.

  3. Thanks for your time energy and effort, Mungo. I will miss your great weekly contributions and wish you well for your op and a speedy recovery.

  4. Good Luck Mungo
    and best wishes for your surgery
    and a speedy recovery
    Although your dulcet tones will be missed.
    I am sure your razor like wit and intellect will be unaffected
    I Look forward to seeing you in print

  5. I too will miss your concise, humorous and insightful commentary of our political landscape and your ability to find colour (in our often bland, grey and visionless politicians) and your ability to fit what is happening now into the broader context of our political history.

    All strength and courage to you Mungo for a speedy recovery

  6. Oh I will miss your column, which I look forward to each week. I consider it one of life’s life little pleasures reading your column over my morning breakfast. I shall miss your insights and observations.

    All the best and hope that you will return soon to provide your witty commentary in this dreary political times

  7. I haven’t seen the video yet so whatever ails you Mungo I wish away soon. Love your work comrade – you remain unique.

  8. Mungo you are a living treasure and I hope the bloody doctors know what they’re doing. Here’s to a short, painless recovery followed by a long and well-deserved rest – we need you!

  9. Thanks for all your great insight of the political scene. All best wishes for good recovery.
    And “don’t let the bastards grind you down” either.

  10. If there’s any change in your vocal attributes, post op., let’s hope it will be a standout and attract the attentions of those dumb-ed down electors. They truly need to taste your political wisdom and encyclopedic clout.
    If the worst is a “speechless” Mungo, maybe you could do facial animations with a voice-over. You’re so different, but how different would that be??
    In any case, we’ll be eagerly awaiting your typed thoughts, as always . .
    All the very best for you…

  11. Hoping you have a speedy recovery Mungo, I know it’s a cliche, but you really are a living legend/treasure in Australia’s socio-political landscape. Federal politics is just so dull without your wry observations.

    • hi Mungo all the very best for the upcoming op and wishing you a strong and full recovery – take whatever time you need to rest and recover knowing we love you – Barb

  12. Sorry Mungo, but you cannot leave it there…….You MUST come back, you articulate what I think!!! Good Luck and my thoughts are with you……………

  13. Thanks Mungo for your creative intelligence and wit . I have always admired you from afar ! Hope you will be back on your feet & dancing real soon !

  14. God bless you Mungo on your surgery and thanx for all your wonderful insights. Look forward to seeing back
    soon. Rest well now.

  15. Dearest Mungo, have only just caught up with your news. All I wish you has already been said in the messages above. Good luck with the Surgery, MIRACLES DO HAPPEN, and Surgeons today, have miraculous hands. May your Pen be your Voice until you are able to articulate verbally again your brilliant insights. You will be missed, til we hear from you again SOON.

  16. So sorry to hear this news. Strength and healing to you Mungo. I have a feeling that without your voice – your written observations will be even sharper.

  17. Best wishes from a fan of 45 years standing. I first rejoiced in your pithy take on national politics at a Melbourne Uni debate in 69, when you skewered John Gorton’s mangled diction. Your weekly chat from the beer garden has been required viewing; I will miss it grievously. Return soon.

  18. Mungo – your commentary clip has become one of the highlights of my week – a small beam of enlightening light across an endlessly dark sky of political mumbo jumbo. We will miss your weekly missives – intensively. To put a new take on an old adage – in this case may the pen be mightier than the voice. Just keep writing Mungo when you are well enough. In the meantime may the hosts of energy healers, devis, channelled entities, fairies (of land, sea and air) angels and gods that abound in Byron as well as your loving readers and audiences support and heal you. Suzanne

  19. Mungo, your astute political commentary has been part of my life for probably 40 years or near enough. Here’s wishing you all the best for a quick recovery and return to all of us who admire you.

  20. Best wishes Mungo for a sound recovery. I began following your writings in the Nation Review in the early 70s but ran into a bit of trouble. I was a teacher at a boarding school at the time and designated students would go to the local newsagent on a Sunday and bring the papers back to the teachers. One day the headmaster reprimanded me and said it would be okay if I went into town to get the paper myself but that I was not to have a student carry the Nation Review on his person onto the property!

  21. Totally predictable tripe, Mungo. Tony Abbott is a breath of fresh air and I, for one, think he’s doing a splendid job as our PM. Look at what he’s achieved in Japan and Korea – something Labor, in typical style, couldn’t bring to a conclusion. Look at what’s already been achieved in border protection – another Labor disaster that Tony Abbott is cleaning up. Abbott promised a government that said and did what it meant. Look at what Labor left us – promises unfunded, government on the never-never! I wish you a speedy recovery, Mungo, but, for God’s sake, wake up to the nonsense that you write and give Abbott his due. I think he’ll end up being one of our great prime ministers.

    • Abbott had to get rid of our car industry before South Korea and Japan would sign those trade deals. Labor puts Australian jobs first and Labor would have ended up with a better deal. Abbott looks and sounds desperate.

  22. Mungo, thank you for being our voice of reason and sanity. I am embarrassed and ashamed about the current government of this country. It’s like living with a bunch of 3 year olds. Eager for your return. I wish you well and an easy road to recovery.

  23. Mungo, All the best for a speedy recovery, and as a reader of your articles back to the Nation Review days, I hope you soon come back as energetic, insightful and witty, your comments have been an island of truth and honesty amongst the sea of deceit and fraud that we have learnt to expect over the years. You are a national treasure.

  24. Dearest Mungo,
    Wishing you well and all the very best. 🙂
    Looking forward to more of what you do best,
    Kind regards
    Felicite and Graeme Wylie

  25. Thanks for 19 years of compulsory weekly viewing/reading Mungo. Get well and come back soon. We need you. AUSTRALIA NEEDS YOU!!!

    Frank Stewart

  26. How unfair to lose one’s voice when there is so much more we want to hear from your Mungo! Ah, but the power of the pen will endure and your comments are priceless.
    May you have a good recovery and be back annoying those pollies SOON.


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