Mungo: Our increasingly irascible treasurer, Joe Hockey, has raised an old Liberal Party demon in his latest efforts to persuade the voters to control their nausea over his budget offering. His critics, he told a gathering of the elite at the conservative Sydney Institute, were indulging in class warfare.
Could Tony Abbott seriously be considering following in Gough Whitlam's footsteps and calling a double dissolution to pass his budget bills? Mungo MacCallum considers what might happen if he did.
The one certain thing about Tony Abbott’s first budget is that it has produced a lot of unhappiness, and not only among his political opponents, writes Mungo MacCallum.
Benjamin Franklin thought death and taxes were inevitable. Now some Australian pundits are saying the same about an increase in the GST, writes Mungo MacCallum.
For many, the enduring image of the 2014 budget will be the memory of Treasurer Joe Hockey and finance minister Matthias Corman sucking smugly on their cigars as they relaxed before unleashing their brutal budget on the fearful populace, writes Mungo MacCallum.
Immigration C-in-C Scott Morrison and his executive generalissimo Angus Campbell have gone rogue. It is time, past time, to confront the obvious: Operation Sovereign Borders is out of control and running amok, writes Mungo MacCallum.
Even after 15 hours of surgery my recovery was not entirely beset by hallucinations. But given the amount of kites, balloons, smoke and mirrors emanating from the government about what will and won’t, might and mightn’t, be in the budget, it may as well have been.
The political scene as we know it: Mungo's poignant reflection and farewell.
Cardinal Pell's recent appearance in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse leads Mungo to want to draw his attention to the correlations between criminal law and the Gospel According to St Matthew. Video Sharon Shostak
While Arthur Sinodinos' controversial past is being investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Mungo has been inspired by his recent 'gruesome' contributions enough to compose a limerick or two.
Federal arts minister George Brandis is proving to be a right royal pain in the arts community in his bid to curb political boycotts by threatening to block government funding for organisations that refuse corporate sponsorship,
That Alan Joyce is not willing to cut his salary but happy to retrench 5,000 employees, and discrepancies in recent press releases by Qantas, seems rather problematic for Mungo.
With Angus Campbell as frontman for the government's asylum seeker policy, a great confusion between the roles of the military and the roles of the civil government leads Mungo to question the respectability of it's policy.
Western Australia is due to rerun the Federal polls, and $11 million later the Senate result just might be a kick in the teeth for the current government.
Tony Abbott's announcement of a royal commission into trade unions will costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in a cynical bid to bash his political opponents.
Where does Tony Abbott think his power and dominion come from? The Mad Monk has not changed his stripes, muses Mungo. Video Sharon Shostak
The recent failure of Coca Cola Amatil to gain government assistance for its SPC Ardmona restructure reminds Mungo of a curious coincidence from his inglorious past.
This week Tony Abbott has managed to rouse the ire of Indonesia and breach normal convention in Switzerland, leaving Mungo concerned for what's next in foreign policy.
Instead of stimulating the economy, the Abbott government is focussing on cuts that won't affect business.
Do privately run enterprises work better than publicly owned ones? Mungo thinks not as far as customers are concerned.
Will the hardline members of Abbott's party follow his lead and allow a referendum to give Aboriginal Australians the recognition they deserve? Video Sharon Shostak
A brief hiatus over the holiday season, then the grim reality of 2014 looms, with the Abbott government axing any organisation that could be seen as inimical to them.
Last week the friends, associates and plain hangers-on of Tony Abbott lined up eagerly at the trough to see what they could get out of it.
Appalling development projects, actions against the Heritage status of the Great Barrier Reef and an axe hanging over a forestry agreement in Tasmania gives much to despair about Greg Hunt MP.
The late Nelson Mandela was also a politician, and proof that moral greatness and politics can actually go hand in hand.