social & general
2015

2015-693  16Dec17 Baby boomers, baby boomeranger.
Drawn in response to statistics showing that a significant number of young adults are returning to live in their family home.

2015-692 16Dec15 Our modern society.
Drawn in response to increasing number of racist motivated attacks on the streets.
2015-691 15Dec15  The Government department for getting things done.
Drawn in response to inaction by my local council over some major developments but could be relevant to any number of bureaucratic organisations.

2015-684 11Dec15  The disability pension assessment process.
Drawn in response to a article about a severely disables person having difficulty getting the disability pension.

2015-679 9Dec15  The sexual harassment long arm of the law.
Damming report on the high level of sexual harassment within the Victoria police force.

2015-674 7Dec15  Giving holy communion to victims of child sexual abuse within the Catholic church.
The Catholic Church's history of trying to stifle claims of child sexual abuse within the Catholic church by victims of that abuse.

2015-666P 3Dec15 I prefer to go organic.
Went with article about the use of synthetic cannabis.

2015-642 23Nov15  Church's child sex abuse guidelines.
On the new legal guidelines to deal with civil claims of child sex abuse that the Catholic church has put out.

2015-625 13Nov15  Learn to drive easily.
Learning to drive and the high number of inexperienced young drivers that are killed in road accidents. 

2015-623 12Nov15  Today's gingerbread man.
A shortage of baby milk formula in Australia  has caused a rush on stocks.

2015-619 10Nov15  Nursing mother limited to two.
Using a temporary shortage of baby formula to give a plug for breast feed.

2015-602 2Nov15  On the predicted end of the suburban backyard.
Electronic entertainment will never be able to replace outdoor play.

2015-593 28Oct15  Teaching a migrant kid to sing the national anthem.
Arose out of the furore over some kids at a Muslim school in Australia refusing to sing the national anthem.  Aussie kids are not that keen on singing it either.

2015-591 27Oct15 Health choices for pigs.
Wry look at the bacon smoking cancer risk debate arising from a World Health Organisation report on the cancer risk of eating processed meat.

2015-583 22Oct15  What do you think about marriage equality?
Using the Same sex marriage debate to segue into the subject of unequal distribution of domestic chores within heterosexual marriages.

2015-562 29Sept15  Modern surgical instruments.
Rising levels of violence towards hospital staff.

2015-553 25Sept15  Refugee status assessment today.
Drawn in response to an appeal by a local Sri Lankan family applying for refugee status and how complex and tough the process is.

2015-551 24Sept15  Our funding priorities.
The culture of male violence is more than simply domestic violence.  Our society unintentionally promotes male violence through it's adoration and funding of militarism.

2015-523 10Sept15  The Middle East magic pudding.
The seemingly endless flow of refugees pouring out of the Middle East.  The magic pudding refers to a popular Australian children's book with a pudding that can be eaten without ever being finished.

2015-513 7Sept15  Heavy school bags.
Using concerns about heavy school bags damaging the backs of students to segue into the subject of the heavy debt burden we place on tertiary students in the form of the HECS bills.

2015-506 3Sept15  An economic problems comparison.
Australian economic problems pail into insignificance when compared to the plight of Syrian refugees, many of whom have drowned trying to flee cross the Mediterranean.

2015-499 31Aug15 Down and out in the future.
Labour saving technology may in the long run be more damaging to society than the benefits it brings.

2015-496 28Aug15 Easy gun availability.
A look at the easy gun availability in America and the Middle East.

2015-480 21Aug15  Relegating religious instruction in state schools to lunchtime.
Victorian State Government's announcement that Christian religious education will no longer be conducted in class time but will have to be run after school or lunchtime.

2015-461P 13Aug15 Tweet sixteen tooth decay.
Went with article about the poor state of children's teeth due to excessive consumption of sugar.

2015-460 13Aug15 Full employment in the future.
Musing that chasing full employment at the expense of wages and conditions may not produce a pleasant society to live in.

2015-444   5Aug15  Payday loan animal farm.
Payday loan companies exploiting the vulnerable.
Somewhat quirky look at racism and prejudice in general.

2015-427P 30July15  Aboriginal sporting men's health.
Went with article on indigenous men's health.

2015-426 29July15  Guess which traveller won't be prevented from travelling to the Middle East.
Speculating that preventing the flow of arms might be more useful than trying stop volunteers travelling to the Middle East.

2015-417P 24July15  Teachers online pet.
Went with article about an online classroom.

2015-410 21July15  Made in Australia, printed in China.
Somewhat cynical view of the
latest made in Australia labelling.
2015-401 17July15 Reclaim Australian food.
Quirky look at Australian Nationalism buy pointing out the international component of Australians' taste in food.

2015-395P 16July15  Safe police vehicle pursuit.
Went with article on police policy on pursuing vehicles trying to evade them.
2015-379 9July15  Walking down the Australian Gay marriage isle.
Legislation to legalise gay marriage in Australia still has to walk a perilous path before it is enacted.

2015-377 7July15  Indigenous recognition summit.
A look at the lack of indigenous representation in the constitution and the over representation of Britain in the Australian flag.

2015-363 1July15 The latest detention centre facilities.
Tough new law brought in by the Australian government to stop staff employed in detention centres speaking to the media about conditions in the centres.

2015-351 23June15  The ability to revoke Australian citizenship coat of arms.
Looks at legislation before parliament to give the government the power to revoke the citizenships of duel nationality naturalised Australians.

2015-347 22June15  The gap between the rich and the poor today.
rapidly widening gap between the rich and the poor.  Drawn as a result of an Australian report but relevant for many countries across the world.

2015-341 18June15  Strip rights poker.
Plans to introduce legislation giving the government the right to revoke the citizenship of naturalised Australians.

2015-337 16June15  Australian's are feeling more unsafe.
The threat of climate change in Australia is a bigger and more relevant threat to Australians than the threat of terrorism in other parts of the world.

2015-333 15June15  Australian version of Jack and the Beanstalk.
Skyrocketing house prices making it very difficult for people wanting to buy their first home.

2015-319 10June15  The first home buyers housing bubble.
While the threat of a burst housing bubble in Australia is still hypothetical the impact of the current housing bubble on first home buyers is both very real and strong.

2015-318 9June15  Real estate money laundering washing line.
A somewhat whimsical look at foreigners' buying Australian properties for the purpose of laundering dirty money.

2015-306 4June15  Handing out Australian citizenship certificates.
Planned legislation to allow the government to revoke Australian citizenship of naturalised Australians.

2015-302 2June15  The domestic violence title fight.
The seemingly eternal cycle of domestic violence.

2015-291 27May15  Church counselling services.
The failure of the church organisations offer support to victims of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy.

2015-287 26May15  Bog Irish, bog Australian.
Ireland passes a law allowing same sex couples to marry while Australia still bogged down in debate over such a law.

2015-285P 25May15  Sorry for a day.
Went with article about Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week.

2015-284 25May15  Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
The Church's failure to deal with child abuse accusations in the past catching up with them today.
2015-276 21May15  Funding to prevent assaults on women.
The government's rhetoric over concerns about the high level of domestic violence not matched with funding of services supporting its victims.

2015-273 20May15  Stations of the cross today.
Victims of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy metaphorically crucified by their experiences.
2015-274 20May15  The gospel according to Saint paedophile.
Child sexual abuse by members of the clergy a grotesque distortion of the teachings of Christ.

2015-272P 19May15  Church thirty years late.
Went with article on the child abuse Royal Commission.

2015-265 18May15 Ice induced violence.
Rising number of violent attacks on police and ambulance officers by people on ice.

2015-260 15May15 Indigenous football in Western Australia.
The WA government's policy of closing remote indigenous communities causing a lot of grief amongst the WA indigenous population.

2015-254 13May15  Tax and poverty bracket creep.
The slide into poverty much more damaging than tax bracket creep.

2015-243 8May15  Lower interest rates superannuation piggybank.
Lower interest rates eating into the incomes of retirees' superannuation savings.

2015-241 7May15  Struggle Street reality TV
Both this toon and the previous struggle street toon were inspired by the controversy over the SBS struggle street reality TV show.

2015-237 5May15  Struggle street highway.
Infrastructure development not keeping up with population growth and the widening gap between the rich and the poor.

2015-236 4May15  Federal police I'm heading to Indonesia T shirt.
The AFP tipping off the Indonesian police when Chan and Sukumaran were heading to Indonesia assisted in the pair getting the death penalty instead of a jail sentence.

2015-231 1May15 Indonesia's peace offering, dove pie.
Indonesia's peace offering after refusing appeals from Australia to spare the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran seem somewhat lame.

2015-226 29 April15  The executions of Chan and Sukumaran.
The executions of Australian's Chan and Sukumaran deeply felt by many Australians.

2015-222 28April15 Under the corrupt judge auctioneers hammer.
Claims that the the judges handling the cases of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran asked for bribes to commute their death sentences point to endemic corruption in the Indonesian legal system.

2015-221 27April15  Lest we forget Mothers Day.
Commercialisation of ANZAC and Mother's Days.

2015-220 24April15  Why didn't they respawn.
Violent games masking the realities of war to young people who play them.

2015-219 24April15  Lest we forget that few politicians fight in wars.
Cynical look at how politicians create the conditions for war but rarely personally suffer the consequences of actually fighting the war.

2015-215 22April15 War Commemoration hype medal. The excessive hype surrounding the commemoration the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli and the subsequent  ANZAC legend that arose from this action.
2015-207 20April15  The assent of ANZAC commemoration man.
The commercialisation and politicisation of the ANZAC legend.

2015-204 17April15  The most common hospital surgical procedure to day.
Ongoing funding squeeze for the Australian hospital system.

2015-200 15April15  The express lane according to Woolworths.
Woolworths misuse of the ANZAC legend for financial gain.

2015-197 15April15  Lest we forget.
An unashamedly pro immunisation cartoon.

2015-189 6April15  The different ways to help keep our heads above water.
Claims that penalty rates are unaffordable ignore the many other ways incomes are boosted.

2015-188 5April15  Multicultural Australia rip.
The different extremist views that are tearing the notion of a tolerant multicultural Australia apart.

2015-183 1April15  Serious debate about taxation reform.
Questioning weather serious taxation reform will ever by achieved.

2015-167 18March15  The assent of ordinary working man.
The demise of skilled labour jobs for ordinary working people.

2015-159 13March15  The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' theatre.
Claims that sexual harassment of younger female surgeons is rife amongst the surgeons fraternity and that the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has done little to reduce it.

2015-157P 12March15  Ride to school day and year.
Went with article about ride to school day, which is a somewhat token attempt to reduce the large numbers of children who are driven to school each day.

2015-154 11March15 Aboriginal lifestyle choices.
Drawn in response to Tony Abbott's comments about Aboriginals in remote communities making lifestyle choices.

2015-144  6March15  The tip of the family violence iceberg.
The big part alcohol abuse plays in domestic violence.

2015-143 6March15  NALPAN testing for seals.
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) not an accurate test of the educational requirements needed to meet the challenges of the modern world.

2015-138 4March15  Defence force pay and conditions negotiations.
The miserly approach the Australian Government is taking to Australian Defence Force pay negotiations while at the same time ADF troops are being told to put their lives on the line in Iraq.

2015-133 3March15  This young koala has a mental health problem.
Using the impact of environmental degradation on koalas as a metaphor for underlying causes of rising mental illness amongst young Australians.

2015-128 27Feb15  Building blocks for kids with parents who abuse alcohol.
The negative of alcohol abuse on children of parents who drink heavily.

2015-125  26Feb15  Australian troop deployment to Iraq rollercoaster.
The rollercoaster ride of escalating and de-escalating Australian troop deployments to Iraq.

2015-110  18Feb15  Protecting children in Australia and on Christmas Island.
The concern for Australian children show when spruiking the proposed metadata laws contrasts sharply with theindifference to the welfare of children living in detention centres.

2015-109 18Feb15  Redefining the definition of healthy food.
Imported frozen berries contaminated with hepatitis A resulting in a fairly major health scare in Australia.

2015-095 16Feb15  Making a robot workforce to improve productivity.
The endless quest for increased productivity having negative social consequences.

2015-095 16Feb15  Making a robot workforce to improve productivity.
The endless quest for increased productivity having negative social consequences.

2015-101P  14Feb15  ATAR minimum requirement.
Went with article on proposal that to get into a teaching course students must have a minimum ATAR score of 70.

2015-100  14Feb15  The jump in unemployment.
Drawn in response to a sharp jump in the unemployment figure.

2015-094 11Feb1  The Civic Hall consultation process scales of justice.
Efforts to close the health, education and life expectancy gap between aboriginals and the rest of Australia have had only limited success.

2015-074  3Feb15  The paths available to young people today.
The limited opportunities for young people to get ahead in the world leading to major social problems.

2015-063  29Jan15  Back to school, back to university.
The heavy burden of HECS fees on university students.

2015-055P  23Jan15  The back to school crossing.
Went with article on the high cost of fitting out children for school.

2015-031 14Jan15  Team Australia, team ISIS.
At least the somewhat tacky slogan "Team Australia"  does not involve the use of violence and fear to gain support.
2015-048P 20Jan15  The signs we ignore at our peril.
Went with article about a sixfold rise in the number of whooping cough cases which has been attributed to lowering immunisation levels.

2015-042 19Jan15  Manus island detention centre fuse.
Rioting and unrest inevitable considering the conditions refugees are detained under.

2015-030 14Jan15  The Medicare co-payment explained.
Cuts in Medicare payments to GPs for short visit consultations forcing them to act as de facto revenue collectors for the government.

2015-002P  5Jan15  Broadening the GST
Went with article on proposal to broaden the Australian Goods and Services Tax.