Gillard mark two? As global warming ratchets up, so does the political temperature with the nearing election. And while we’ve seen a kinder, gentler Julia of late, the opposition have lost no time labelling it a stunt.
The well-publicised macho image of Tony Abbott ready to fight fires leads Mungo to muse on the good work of non-headlined volunteers.
Green start to election year The Greens were the first out of the blocks this election year, releasing a range of policies aimed at making them less likely to be derided as extremists. But will it work? Video Sharon Shostak
Election year looms ‘Julia is starting behind the eight-ball but getting rid of that obsession with the budget surplus was a good start. And it probably won’t do her any harm.’
Julian Assange and Peter Slipper have a lot in common, says Mungo, not least as both have been victims of outrageous political stitch-ups. Video Sharon Shostak
Truck-driver Tony ‘The opposition leader has decided that the way to raise his abysmal popularity rating slightly above that of genital herpes is to drive an empty truck up and down the Pacific Highway.’
Refugees in limbo How can you excise Australia from itself? It’s nothing more than legal trickery and all it proves is that the idea of offshore processing has completely failed, says Mungo.
Abbott looking shaky After another botched attack on Julia Gillard and a personal decline in the opinion polls, are Tony Abbott’s chances at the big job fading? Video Sharon Shostak
‘What a tight-arsed curmudgeon that Tony Abbott is. He can’t even celebrate when we win a seat on the United Nations Security Council.’ Video Sharon Shostak
Slipper not slipping off However The Australian crunches the numbers, there will be no confidence motion in the parliament any time soon, says Mungo. Video Sharon Shostak
Has the Parrot squawked his last? Alan Jones’s latest jibe about dead fathers may just have offsided him with his own heartland: Sydney’s ageing, conservative demographic.
People lead pollies on same-sex marriage ‘There has seldom been a wider gap between our legislators and the public’ than on the issue of same-sex marriage, says Mungo. But why?
Mungo deplores the poll-driven coverage of our politics by journalists, which is all too often encouraged and exacerbated by the politicians themselves.
Dental scheme leaves Labor gleaming Finally Labor is coming to its senses and putting money into worthwhile public health projects – even if it means going into deficit or, shock horror, raising taxes.
Julia Gillard’s decision to face a doubtless hostile press conference over events of 17 years ago, of which she has been cleared of any wrongdoing, are unfortunately unlikely to ‘shut the bastards up’.
… a whale of a time (not) South Korea seems to have abandoned its attempt at hunting whales but there is still a question mark over where the country gets its whale meat.
Mungo MacCallum separates science from science fiction regarding the Higgs boson. Video Sharon Shostak
One of the country’s richest men – and one of the party’s biggest donors – Clive Palmer has taken aim at Tony Abbott on a question of ethics. Watch out Tony! Video Sharon Shostak
The iniquities of the state The squalid deal Barry O’Farrell has done to allow shooting in national parks is one thing he can’t blame Labor for. Video Sharon Shostak
‘Politics may be war without blood: it doesn’t mean it’s without dirt and muck and malice.’
… climate change is beyond debate The ABC’s climate change debate was a great victory for the forces of irrationality.
…doom and gloom as the budget looms The government has promised a surplus – but where the massive cuts are to come remains a secret.
Haggling over the water from the Murray-Darling is losing sight of some very elementary science. Video Sharon Shostak
… illegal and dangerous That is how Mungo characterises the suggestion of right-wing press pontificators that civil authority should bow to the rule of the military.
… the real Tony Abbott Tony Abbott likes to pretend that he’s taken up the cudgels for John Howard’s battlers. In reality his policies are about taking money from the poor and handing it to the super-wealthy.