Minor wins and debating success are gaining Rudd some ground against Abbott, but News Limited is losing credibility. Sharon Shostak video See the Echo’s full election coverage on the page Election 2013
Tony Abbott’s recent gaffs have prompted an avalanche of jokes, and Mungo’s in the mood for more. Video Sharon Shostak
Rupert Murdoch has managed to push his way into the contest between Abbott and Rudd, and he’s making sure everyone in News Ltd is parroting his opinion. Video Sharon Shostak
Weaving election magic Relying on imported ‘magicians’ to run election campaigns can be risky business for politicians in Australia. Sharon Shostak video
Escalating brutality Tony Abbott’s latest announcement is very odd, and may even be unconstitutional, in his bid to upstage Rudd’s Papua New Guinea solution for asylum seekers. Sharon Shostak video
Contradictions and double negatives Tony Abbott’s contempt for things that he can’t see doesn’t enlighten us on what he really believes we should be doing about climate change. Sharon Shostak video
Hitting the ground running Kevin Rudd has recently covered an enormous amount of ground, both geographically and policy-wise, perhaps to the detriment of his judgement. Sharon Shostak video
Harsh words from dark corners The swearing-in of Ed Husic, Australia’s first Muslim MP to reach high office, caused quite a stir in the cesspools of talkback radio, the internet and the tabloid press last week.
Shuffling the deckchairs Neither Julia Gillard nor Kevin Rudd can unite the ALP, let alone the community. But when the alternative is Tony Abbott, the Rudd return does make a certain amount of sense.
The gender card Julia Gillard should by more careful about the company she keeps, if her (very valid) concerns about misogyny and sexism are to be taken seriously. Sharon Shostak video.
While politicians are seen as fair game with plenty of jokes made at their expense, their partners are considered off limits. But not for prime minister Julia Gillard it seems, with a shonky shock jock thinking it’s no holds barred... Read More →
A time of whingeing Is Australia the happiest country in the world? The OECD may think so, but the electorate is among the gloomiest in the world at the moment with the prospect of Tony Abbott being elected prime minister... Read More →
Racism is still rife Many Australians still don’t get it, and not just our sportloving ones. Racism is cruelty wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Last week’s widespread publicity... Read More →
RIP Hazel Hawke This week, Mungo takes a break from pollie-watching to remember a remarkable woman who tirelessly supported the needy – and her famous husband – through thick and thin. Video Sharon Shostak
Is crying a weakness in politics? Prime minister Julia Gillard broke down and cried as she presented the disability insurance legislation to parliament last week, but many prime ministers before her did so as well, and it didn’t hurt their... Read More →
Abbott’s men turn on him Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s ‘nuttier’ policies are finally coming in for criticism from within his own party. First it was his controversial parental leave scheme and now a revolt is fermenting over his ‘direct action’... Read More →
Big business The disability insurance scheme levy response by big business and the big banks’ profits showed the ugly side of capitalism. Video Sharon Shostak
What’s wrong with local government? For a start, says Mungo, it has no basis in constitutional law. And changing that requires a referendum. But would even such an uncontroversial proposal get up?
A Liberal Party economic strategist thinks the poor ‘consume more than they contribute’, and says killing off poor people would be a great relief to the rich. He’s joking, surely? Well only just, says Mungo. Video Sharon Shostak
Justice and Julian Assange Swedish Supreme Court chairman Justice Stefan Lindskog says it shouldn’t be a crime to reveal crimes of the state. But the Americans haven’t worried too much in the past about kidnapping and illegally extraditing prisoners from... Read More →
How unAustralian The unions make Labor strong – financially, at least. But also unpopular with the Australian newspaper. Still at least the party’s in good company. Video Sharon Shostak
Be afraid, be very afraid Not to be outdone by his predecessors, Philip Ruddock and Kevin Andrews, the Liberals’ latest immigration spokesperson, Scott Morrison, advocates treating asylum seekers like convicted paedophiles. Video Sharon Shostak
ALP-Greens marriage over The Labor Party may be calling the Greens ‘rats abandoning a sinking ship’ but, says Mungo, if the ship is sinking they’re only rational to abandon it.
Now the election campaign has officially started, the broadcasters are supposed to give the parties even-handed treatment. The public broadcasters, that is. The commercial stations will meanwhile continue their one-eyed support for Abbott.
Gambling reform? Don’t bet on it! The government could move to fix the parlous state of our sports-drug culture. But that would mean tackling the gambling industry, one of the four sacred cows of Australian politics.