Mungo MacCallum has long been one of Australia’s most influential and entertaining political journalists, in a career spanning more than four decades.

Mungo has worked with the Australian, the Age, the Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald and numerous magazines, as well as the ABC, SBS, Channel Nine and Channel Ten. His books include the bestselling Mungo: The Man Who Laughs, The Good, the Bad and the Unlikely: Australia's Prime Ministers and The Whitlam Mob.


Mungo MacCallum provides a devastating account of the Howard government's treatment of the refugees as well as delineating the factors in Australian history which have worked towards prejudice and those which have worked against it.
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This most cold-eyed of one time Canberra chroniclers brings to this story all his wit and dryness and power of mind. It's a sad tale ... though it is everywhere enlivened by MacCallum's ... tendency to suggest that spades really are bloody shovels at the end of the day.

Peter Craven

A document of immense power ... MacCallum's essay will stand as a record of Australia's shame and depravity. It will haunt us. 

Julian Burnside, Australian Book Review

Mungo’s assertion that Howard is a man with no vision, only division, to his name and his recognition that Howard will never have the approval of those elites he so gratuitously desires, is a blistering strike at the Liberal man.

Geoff Parkes, Journal of Australian Studies

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