political
2016

2016-689P  Today's economic thinking applied to agriculture.
For article on the Australian Government's poor response to the challenges of global warming.

2016-685P  Putting a positive spin on it.
For article on the scrapping of the Nanny scheme which was a key Liberal party initiaative.

2016-684P  Common political donation declaration.
For article on political donation declarations.

2016-677P  Who got the highest approval rating?
For article on poor approval ratings for both Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull.

2016-680P  Surveying voting intentions of middle Australians
For article on increasing voter disgruntlement of the major political parties.

2016-674P  Remembering our fallen original inhabitants.
For article on Hobart mayor Sue Hickey's comment she did not want a proposed memorial to Aboriginal people killed by settlers to be a “guilt-ridden place”.

2016-673P  The failing older white men scales of justice.
For article on the Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs' critical comments on reporting of the commission’s work, including the claim it was “failing older white men”.
2016-669P  9Dec16 RIP Green Army.
For article on the disbandment of Abbott's Green Army scheme.

2016-668  8Dec16 At risk of not hitting your carbon emissions target.
For article on the Finkel report warning that the government is at risk of not meeting its carbon emissions reduction target.

2016-665P  6Dec16 One Nation.
For article on dissident One Nation MP Rod Culleton.

2016-658P  Labor wants rich white kids to pay less tax.
For article on Malcolm Turnbull's attack on Labor's attempts to reduce the backpacker tax.

2016-657P  Concerns about Direction Action.
For article on the Government's Direct Action carbon emissions reduction program's funding is about to run out.

2016-656  The tax burden.
Revision of an earlier pocket cartoon but without the specific Backpacker tax rate displayed.

2016-637P 21Nov16  Common view of the ABC
For article on yet another strident criticism of the ABC by a well known political figure.

2016-634P  The Australian Government is ranked pretty low on CO2 emissions.
For article on Australia
being ranked fifth-worst for emissions and policies among developed countries.
2016-624P  How much light does this provide?
For article on the rise in the amount of electricity supplied by renewable energy.

2016-620P  The voting public - political anger
For article talking about the high levels of voter dissatisfaction.

2016-613 8Nov16  Section 18C limits the right of Australians to Free speech
Calls by some MPs to have Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act watered down.

2016-603P  Having twins - paid parental leave double dipping.
For article on the pain parental leave double dipping.

2016-602P  The policy to deal with the causes of refugees - paper bag
For article on the latest refugee policy debate.

2016-601P 31Oct16  But politicians do.
For article on cashless welfare card being trailed in some aboriginal communities.

2016-592P 25Oct16  Public servant giving Frank and Fearless advice
For article on Solicitor general’s treatment heralding a bleak future of public servants who give frank and fearless advice.

2016-591P 25Oct16  Consulting Smith and Wesson
For article on the Federal Government's one sided consultation process when it reviewed Australia's gun laws.

2016-589P  Red tape is stopping you  entering the housing market.
The Fed. govt. blames planning red tape for the unaffordable housing market while ignoring negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts.

2016-574  Blackouts in South Australia and Victoria
Massive protest when South Australia (which generates a high percentage of energy from renewable sources) suffered widespread blackouts due to storm damage but when predominately coal fire powered Victoria suffered similar blackouts there was total silence.

2016-583P  17Oct16  A politician's definition of 'Lest we forget'.
For article on how ANZAC Day has been used to create a myth about Australian history.

2016-577P  13Oct16  We are the party of freedom.
Far article on the parliamentary Liberal party being prevented from having a free vote on the Marriage equality bill.

2016-575P  11Oct16  Left waiting in the Altar.
For article on the latest manoeuvres over marriage equality.

2016-573P 10Oct16  Blooding greyhounds today.
For article on possible back down by the NSW government over.

016-568P  7Oct16  Have you got certainty?
For article on the need for certainty in the carbon emissions reduction target.

2016-538  20Sept16  Why do politicians say this when they leave office?
A critique of what I see as the somewhat banal comment many politians make when they leave office, that they "want spend more time with their family".

2016-526P  29Aug16  Climate and Energy Committee freezing.
For article on The climate sceptic Liberal MP Craig Kelly being appointed as chairman of the Climate and Energy Committee.

2016-520P 25Aug16  The numbers stack up!
For article on appeal by scientists for the government to take action over global warming.

2016-514P  22Aug16  Fireman's pole designed by politicians.
For article on the politicisation of the dispute IR dispute between the CFA and the metropolitan fire brigade.

2016-515P 22Aug16  You won't invest in coal for political reasons.
For article on Scott Morrison claiming super funds are not investing in coal for 'political reasons’

2016-512P 22Aug16  Sports betting today.
Went with article on the Victorian Government banning sports betting near schools.

2016-510P  19Aug16  The defence of free speech today.
For article on the push to amend 18C of the racial Discrimination Act by those claiming it limits free speech.

2016-497P  11Aug16  Back to normal.
Links with articles on census website shutdown and incriminating Nauru files leak.

2016-488P  8Aug16  It is the road to political corruption.
For article on Tony Abbott warning that domination by lobbyists within the Liberal party  could lead to corruption.

2016-485P  5Aug16  Hauling the big for banks before the parliamentary economic committee.
For article arguing that bringing the big 4 banks before the economic committee is just for show.

2016-462P 27July16  Juvenile detention Royal Commission parameters.
For article on the government's announcement of a Royal Commission into juvenile detention in the NT.

2016-456P  25July16  Vulnerable young people not dependent on welfare.
For article Coalition plans to use data analysis to prevent and stop welfare dependency.

2016-451P  22July16  Not so crazy.
For article on plans to allow counter terrorism agencies greater access to mental health records of Australian citizens. 

2016-436P  18July16  We are holding fast to our non-core promise to reform superannuation.
For article on the government backsliding on its election promise to reform superannuation.

2016-425P  12July16  The only winners would be Apple, Google and Facebook.
For article pointing out the shortfalls of electronic voting.

2016-404P 7July16  There were no lies, just non-core promise.
For article on Howard defending his decision to go to war in Iraq.

2016-402P 5July16  Warning conservatives not to undermine Malcolm Turnbull.
For article on Liberal moderates hitting back at a coordinated push by the conservative wing  of the Liberals to undermine the authority of Malcolm Turnbull.

2016-401P 5July16  The cutting edge of ABC journalism today.
For article on the axing of the ABC's opinion website, the Drum.

2016-398P 4July16  Passing on the baton.
For article about the baton of failure that has been passed onto Turnbull.

2016-397  4July16  Election winners and losers.
Whatever party they represent all Politians are winners compared to the average worker.

2016-391 1July16 Animal farm election.
Cynical view of the modern democratic process.

2016-387P  30June16 The ALP electoral chances map of Australia?
For article on the dispute between the CFA and the Victorian state Labor government jeopardising Labor's chances in the upcoming Federal election.

2016-386P  30June16  A big slice of the company tax cut cake.
For article on research that 40% of the LNP's proposed company tax cut money would end up offshore.

2016-384  29June16 Punch and Judy shows.
The crackdown on welfare sales pitch that seems to become a part and parcel of modern election campaigns.

2016-383  28June16  The gay marriage plebiscite parameters.
Musing on the ulterior motives of the LNP Government in proposing a direct plebiscite on gay marriage.

2016-367P  23June16  Australia described as having been settled or occupied but not invaded.
For article on Tony Abbott's comments on the 'invaded' term.

2016-364P 22June16  If this should be a plebiscite.
For article claiming the gay marriage legislation is too important not to go to a plebiscite.

2016-363P  22June16  Outsourcing Medicare services would save millions.
For article claiming outsourcing Medicare would save money.

2016-362P  21June16  Putting a positive spin on the environment.
For article on coral bleaching and the government's poor response to it.

2016-352P  20June16 Bodies in the Medicare morgue.
For article on Malcolm Turnbull's assurance that he won't sell off Medicare.

2016-335P 14June16  Keeping journalists out of Nauru.
For article on Mathias Cormann's comment that keeping journalists out of Nauru had helped stop the refugee boats.

2016-331P 10June16  Correctly filling out ballot paper.
For article on the new rules for correctly filling out ballot papers to be used in the upcoming Federal election.

2016-324P  8June  Stoking the fast return to budget surplus furnace.
For article on pledges to return the budget to surplus.

2016-323P  8June16  The logic of politics.
For article on political pledges to save the Great Barrier Reef.

2016-322  7June16  Not reading the fine print.
Many politicians not heeding the obvious signs of global warming.

2016-291P 25May16  Couldn't we have a shark cage instead.
For article on condemnation of the Government's assistance package by dairy farmers.

2016-310P 1June16  Reactions to wage anomalies.
For article on Turnbull vow to stop 'excessive' pay rises for construction workers.

2016-309P 30May16  Immune whistle blower.
For article on Federal police cracking down on whistleblowers who embarrass the government.

2016-307P 30May16  The sex party's polling booth - pole dancing.
For article on The Australian Sex party.


2016-301P 30May16  Informing the public about climate change risk.
For article on climate change risk not being disclosed to prospective property buyers.

2016-297P 27May16  Changes to the Senate according to Paul Keating.
For article reporting on a Senate candidate’s comments on changes to how people cast their vote in the senate.

2016-289P 24May16  Labor's spending black hole.
For article on the Federal election funding commitment debate.

2016-287P 24May16  The political debate on climate change.
For article on the lack of debate in this election campaign on climate change.

2016-283P 23May16  We want political donations to be more transparent.
For article on political parties hiding political donations.

2016-281P 23May16  Politics Animal Farm.
For article on politicians' perks.

2016-280P 23May16 Jobs and growth.
For article on the Government's election campaign slogan of 'jobs and growth' not matching the economic trends

2016-273P 19May16 The Australian political dictionary.
For article on the influence of Nick Xenophon on the outcome of the coming election.
2016-272P  19May16  Seven out of ten Australians think  the government  should do more to help refugees.
For article on survey on Australian attitudes to refugees.

2016-270P 18May16  Refugees will take jobs, except if they come in on a 457 visa.
For article on Peter Dutton's negative comments about refugees.

2016-269P 18May16  My party stands behind me.
For article on the Liberal Party transferring its support from Sophie Mirabella to the National Party Candidate.

2016-241P 10May16  Turnbull's tax measures are on the nose.
For article on the Institute of Public Affairs criticism of Turnbull's superannuation tax changes.

2016-239P 10May16  Political choice today.
For article on politicians not responding to what voters want, which explains the high turnover of governments.

2016-233 9May16 Your tax cuts at work.
What’s missed in the equation when considering tax cuts.

2016-234P 9th May PaTH service leave.
Questioning look at the PaTH internship scheme for youth unemployed…

2016-231P 9May16  Assessing the state of Australia in the lead up to the election.
For article on election commitments by the political parties.

2016-225P  5May16  Asylum seekers' future crystal ball.
For article on Nauru asylum seekers.

2016-223P 4May16  Doctor hanging out his shingle in the future.
For article on the extension of the Medicare rebate freeze likely to undermine bulk billing.

2016-222P 4May16  Applying for a first home buyers loan in the future.
For article on Turnbull suggesting parents 'shell out' to help their children buy property.

2016-206 28April16  I rent and I vote, I invest I give political donations.
On the influence political donations have on party policy.

2016-199P 27April16 Negative gearing explained.
For article on negative gearing which gives an unfair advantage to investors over first home buyers.

2016-187P 20April16  Improved banking watchdog.
For article on Fed. Govt. boosting funding to ASIC to try and crack down on banking industry misconduct.
2016-173 13April16  Not respecting Australian flags.
Looks at calls to restrict the use of the Australian Eureka in response to its use by extremist groups.

2016-170P 12April16  In favour of a Royal Commission.
The real winners of Royal Commissions have been the legal profession.

2016-153 30March16  Federal Government major tax changes.
For article on planned major tax tax changes.

2016-145P 22March16 Running for election.
For article on former PM Abbott's assertion that Malcolm Turnbull is running for election with the benefit of his policies.

2016-132 11March16 I'm only window shopping!
Malcolm Turnbull's firm reassurances that there is no Double Dissolution election planned runs counter to other indications that one is likely.

2016-114P 1March16  Senate preference voting today.
For article on the Senate voting reform debate..

2016-098P 23Feb16  The Ideas Boom.
Pocket cartoon to go with article on the 'Ideas Boom' that is being promoted by the Australian Federal Government.

2016-074 10Feb16  Best minister in the world.
Greg Hunt, the minister of the environment, winning the award of Best Minister in the World despite Australia having one of the worst track records on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the developed world.