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April 21, 2021

Mungo MacCallum

The well-known political journalist and commentator Mungo MacCallum 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 in the 1970s and 1980s. Mungo’s many books include current affairs, political history, humour and cooking. He has written a column for The Echo since 1988, and provided video pieces for Echonetdaily since 2011.

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Thus Spake Mungo: China, China, CHINA!

It may be a statement of the bleeding obvious, but a face off with the People’s Republic of China would not be a good idea.

Thus Spake Mungo: Australians all let us…

Our national anthem is back on the playlist, and as always for the wrong reasons. 

Thus Spake Mungo: the faction

Joel Fitzgibbon’s resignation from the front bench does not change the policy of the Labor Party, nor its leadership. But it does change the mechanics.

Thus Spake Mungo: Planet America

Many more Americans voted against Donald Trump than voted for him – millions more. But nearly as many did not vote at all. And the explanation of why they failed to do so is bad news for what is left of democracy.

Thus Spake Mungo: duck-shoving

In the far-off innocent days before the spin doctors decreed that backbenchers should cease thinking for themselves, a few brave souls were prepared to respond to questions more or less spontaneously

Thus Spake Mungo: bonking

The most remarkable thing about the revelation of Gladys Berejiklian’s love life was that it was remarkable at all.

Thus Spake Mungo: shovel ready

There’s one sure thing about Josh Frydenberg’s budget – it is shovel ready.

Thus Spake Mungo: jobs, jobs and more jobs

In 1983, with an economic downturn – not even a proper recession – in play, the new Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, convened his economic summit to implement his election agenda of recovery, reconciliation and reconstruction.

Thus Spake Mungo: power is politics

At least the latest energy plan – the coalition’s 22nd, and counting – is not all about gas.

Thus Spake Mungo: blimps

If Scott Morrison ever went back to his old job of promoting tourism and needed to ramp up the travel industry, he would put his money on blimps.

Thus Spake Mungo: pre-budget

For Australia’s hardline, copper-bottomed, hide-bound conservatives, federation was always a mistake.

Thus Spake Mungo: the depression

Last week’s numbers brought us the bad news we were expecting: Australia has fallen into the worst recession in nearly a century.

Thus Spake Mungo: an even break for Sukkar

Readers of the 'Melbourne Age' and the 'Sydney Morning Herald', and viewers of the Nine network will have been alerted to the self-destruction of the Victorian branch of the Liberal Party – the jewel in the crown, as the founder, Robert Menzies, once called it.

Thus Spake Mungo: the police state

One of the more dubious schemes devised by marketeers of real estate is known as ‘selling off the plan.’

Thus Spake Mungo – Murphy and the octogenarian

I will turn 80 next year, which means that the issue of aged care is rapidly assuming more than academic significance.

Thus Spake Mungo: under the blankets

Having tried pleas, threats, restrictions, lockdowns, fines and closures in vain, our political masters are now apparently cutting to the melodramatic climax: scare the living crap out of us.

Thus Spake Mungo: Another month, another setback

Another month, another setback – several, unfortunately – with preparations for the budget being finalised in an atmosphere of quiet desperation.

Thus Spake Mungo: another week, another dollar or billion

The consensus is in: the economy rules, okay? Finally, what remains of the national cabinet is essentially united. 

Thus Spake Mungo: the second wave

If this isn’t the dreaded second wave of COVID-19, it will do until the real thing comes along.

Thus Spake Mungo: there’s something about Guy

I have nothing against pop singers, some of them are very nice people, generous, tolerant, kind to children and dogs. And they give pleasure to many Australians…

Thus Spake Mungo: ahh the Spike

Australia awoke last week to the strains of Spike Milligan’s poignant refrain, ‘I’m walking backwards to Christmas.’ It may not be all the way to Christmas, but it could be even further – well into next year, and perhaps beyond that.

Thus Spake Mungo: China, China, CHINA!

It may be a statement of the bleeding obvious, but a face off with the People’s Republic of China would not be a good idea.

Thus Spake Mungo: Australians all let us…

Our national anthem is back on the playlist, and as always for the wrong reasons. 

Thus Spake Mungo: the faction

Joel Fitzgibbon’s resignation from the front bench does not change the policy of the Labor Party, nor its leadership. But it does change the mechanics.

Thus Spake Mungo: Planet America

Many more Americans voted against Donald Trump than voted for him – millions more. But nearly as many did not vote at all. And the explanation of why they failed to do so is bad news for what is left of democracy.

Thus Spake Mungo: duck-shoving

In the far-off innocent days before the spin doctors decreed that backbenchers should cease thinking for themselves, a few brave souls were prepared to respond to questions more or less spontaneously

Thus Spake Mungo: bonking

The most remarkable thing about the revelation of Gladys Berejiklian’s love life was that it was remarkable at all.

Thus Spake Mungo: shovel ready

There’s one sure thing about Josh Frydenberg’s budget – it is shovel ready.

Thus Spake Mungo: jobs, jobs and more jobs

In 1983, with an economic downturn – not even a proper recession – in play, the new Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, convened his economic summit to implement his election agenda of recovery, reconciliation and reconstruction.

Thus Spake Mungo: power is politics

At least the latest energy plan – the coalition’s 22nd, and counting – is not all about gas.

Thus Spake Mungo: blimps

If Scott Morrison ever went back to his old job of promoting tourism and needed to ramp up the travel industry, he would put his money on blimps.

Thus Spake Mungo: pre-budget

For Australia’s hardline, copper-bottomed, hide-bound conservatives, federation was always a mistake.

Thus Spake Mungo: the depression

Last week’s numbers brought us the bad news we were expecting: Australia has fallen into the worst recession in nearly a century.

Thus Spake Mungo: an even break for Sukkar

Readers of the 'Melbourne Age' and the 'Sydney Morning Herald', and viewers of the Nine network will have been alerted to the self-destruction of the Victorian branch of the Liberal Party – the jewel in the crown, as the founder, Robert Menzies, once called it.

Thus Spake Mungo: the police state

One of the more dubious schemes devised by marketeers of real estate is known as ‘selling off the plan.’

Thus Spake Mungo – Murphy and the octogenarian

I will turn 80 next year, which means that the issue of aged care is rapidly assuming more than academic significance.

Thus Spake Mungo: under the blankets

Having tried pleas, threats, restrictions, lockdowns, fines and closures in vain, our political masters are now apparently cutting to the melodramatic climax: scare the living crap out of us.

Thus Spake Mungo: Another month, another setback

Another month, another setback – several, unfortunately – with preparations for the budget being finalised in an atmosphere of quiet desperation.

Thus Spake Mungo: another week, another dollar or billion

The consensus is in: the economy rules, okay? Finally, what remains of the national cabinet is essentially united. 

Thus Spake Mungo: the second wave

If this isn’t the dreaded second wave of COVID-19, it will do until the real thing comes along.

Thus Spake Mungo: there’s something about Guy

I have nothing against pop singers, some of them are very nice people, generous, tolerant, kind to children and dogs. And they give pleasure to many Australians…

Thus Spake Mungo: ahh the Spike

Australia awoke last week to the strains of Spike Milligan’s poignant refrain, ‘I’m walking backwards to Christmas.’ It may not be all the way to Christmas, but it could be even further – well into next year, and perhaps beyond that.
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