all cartoons by date of publication
2014 July to december
December 20142014-663 12Dec14 Modern version of silent night.
Consumerism at Christmas time damaging the environment.
2014-687 23Dec14 The age of foreign aid entitlement is over.
The Australian Federal Government slashing it's foreign aid budget. Refers to a quote by treasurer Joe Hockey; "the age of entitlement is over.."
2014-684P 22Dec14 Christmas weather forecast.
Went with article on the weather forecast for Christmas Day.
2014-682 22Dec14 Santa hires a cheap Asian buffalo.
Santa as a metaphor for jobs going offshore to countries that have cheaper labour.
2014-678 19Dec14 Youth support services in the future.
Looking at the lack of support for young people in Australia.
2014-677 19Dec14 One hundred percent effective gun control.
Gun laws, no matter how tight, will never be 100% effective at stopping crazy people using guns to kill people. They will however reduce the number of crazy people getting hold of guns.
2014-672 17Dec14 Why do you continue to wear provocative clothes.
Looking at the Muslim headscarf debate and the subjectiveness of the word provocative.
2014-667P 15Dec14 Tesla car price will floor you.
Went with article on the expensive new Tesla electric cars.
2014-660 11Dec14 The toe in the door?
Speculating that the $5 GP co-payment could be the first step towards dismantling our universal healthcare service.
2014-659 11Dec14 Proof that torture is effective.
US Senate report on the CIA's torture program has rekindled the debate on the effectiveness of torture as a means extracting information.
2014-658 10Dec14 Abbott finally removes all the barnacles.
On Tony Abbott's comment that he is prepared to "knock some barnacles off the ship" in the form of unpopular policies. Arguably just about every policy he has attempted to put in place has been unpopular.
2014-656 9Dec14 Guess which sign upsets us the most.
Drawn in response to a story about outrage over graffiti vandalism amidst a backdrop of increasing unemployment, especially amongst the young.
2014-652 9Dec14 Banking sector animal farm.
Plans to increase regulation of the Australian banking sector.
2014-641 27Nov14 The Australian crawl.
Increasing traffic problems due to population growth and urbanisation impacting on Australia's way of life.
November 20142014-639 26Nov14 The government's new ABC logo.
ABC funding cutbacks resulting in the loss of 400 jobs.
2014-634 25Nov14 Political systems expressed as a length of rope.
Comparing the frustrating constraints of democracy and the start brutality that a dictatorship offers.
2014-633 25Nov14 The promise that politians will always keep.
Drawn in response to a series of broken promises made by the current Federal government but is probably relevant to contemporary politics in general.
2014-628 20Nov14 Mobile phone very black spot.
Mobile phone black spots in country areas means that many people in the country are unable to receive the bushfire warning text messages in the event of a bushfire in their area.
2014-630P 20Nov14 Malcolm Turnbull eating a banana.
Went with article on cuts to the ABC's funding.
2014-627 19Nov14 Election funding announcements.
The Australian Government's announcement of a 4.6% cut to the ABC's funding will drastically curtail its services to the public.
2014-620P 17Nov14 Fire season preparation.
Went with article on job losses in the Victorian Country Fire Authority at the very start of the fire season.
2014-619 17Nov14 Team Australia, team world.
Abbott's direct action program to tackle global warming at odds with polices being enacted by much of the rest of the world.
2014-610 12Nov14 Warning the ANZ customers about Timbercorp.
The ANZ bank's failure to warn it's customers about the risks of investing in Timbercorp which saw some ANZ customers lose their life savings.
2014-611 13Nov14 Moving towards tackling climate change.
The agreement between China and America over carbon emission targets highlights the Abbott Government's reluctance to seriously tackle climate change.
2014-609 12Nov14 Halal certified dairy cow.
Drawn in response to the irrational attack by anti Halal food lobbyists on the Fleurieu Milk and Yoghurt Company for its Halal dairy product range.
2014-602 10Nov14 Housing market forces expressed as boats.
First home buyers being squeezed out of the property market due to the advantages rental property investors have over first home buyers such as negative gearing and low capital gains tax.
2014-597 7Nov14 Clive Palmer's pups.
Maverick Palmer United Party Politian Jacqui Lambie creating problems for Clive Palmer.
2014-593P 6Nov14 Voter treatment seats.
Went with article on funding promises made in the Victorian State election but has relevance in any election campaign.
2014-592 6Nov14 IKEA flat packs.
IKEA's Australian operation paid almost no tax while turning over billions of dollars in sales.
2014-591 5Nov14 Guess which animals are better treated.
Drawn in response to accusations that the horse racing industry is cruel. Compared to the live cattle trade racehorses are very pampered animals.
2014-584 3Nov14 The window of opportunity to stop damaging climate change.
The government's Direct Action program to tackle global warming falls a long way short of what is required to tackle global warming.
October 20142014-577 30Oct14 The election policies lectern.
The habit of politicians to announce sweeping policies during an election campaign only to abandon many of them once they are in office.
2014-575 29Oct14 Ebola protection suits.
The Australian Government's refusal to send medical personnel to Africa to deal with the Ebola outbreak.
2014-551 17Oct14 Coles wholesale prices are down campaign.
The aggressive pressure Coles buyers put on their suppliers to get the lowest price.
2014-569 27thOct14 Expenses cards in the future.
Refers to plans by the Australian government to issue unemployed people with welfare payment cards that control what they can buy.
2014-562P 23Oct14 Falling maple leaf.
Went with article on the shooting of a solder by a Muslim extremist outside the Canadian parliament.
2014-561 23Oct14 Australia sending supplies to fight Ebola.
The Government much more committed to military action in Iraq providing medical aid to quell the Ebola epidemic.
2014-560 22Oct14 The perfect ethical dilemma storm.
A look at two controversial subjects in many Western countries, the wearing of the burqa and same sex marriage.
2014-559P 21Oct14 It's time.
Went with article on the death of former PM Gough Whitlam. "It's Time" was his 1972 election winning slogan.
2014-557 21Oct14 Buried with one of his children that preceded him.
The death of Gough Whitlam along with one of his great achievements, free tertiary education.
2014-554 20Oct14 The problem with containing Ebola.
Pointing out the difficulties in trying to contain the spread of Ebola
2014-548 16Oct14 Market forces applied to the Ebola epidemic.
Somewhat cynical look at the implications of the Ebola outbreak.
2014-547 15Oct14 Lay your life on the bottom line.
The Government offering an effective pay cut to Australian Defence Force personnel.
2014-546 15Oct14 Abbott shirtfronting Putin problem.
Abbott playing the tough guy to the master of the tough guy stance, Vladimir Putin.
2014-539 13Oct14 Ebola risk and Iraq war.
Abbott's refusal to send personnel to help with the Ebola epidemic on the grounds that it is too risky seems at odds with his willingness to send troops to Iraq.
2014-538 10Oct14 Muslim woman respecting Australian cultural norms.
Quirky look at the current burqa debate in Australia.
2014-530 7Oct14 Australia's military commitment in Iraq collateral damage.
The cost of the commitment to the war in Iraq having a negative impact on treasurer Joe Hockey's budget.
2014-528 6Oct14 The mental health path.
The link between unemployment and poor mental health.
2014-513 30Sept14 Apple tax payment logo.
Apple using there status as a global business to pay much less corporate tax than most other companies.
2014-510 29Sept14 Threats to Australia expressed as animals.
Global worming a far bigger threat to Australians than terrorism.
September 20142014-506 26Sept14 We need more power!
Calls for yet more legal powers to fight terrorism ignores the fact that authorities already have more than enough legal powers to pursue and catch terrorists.
2014-505 25Sept14 Stands to make a big profit.
The big winner in the ongoing Middle East conflicts is the arms industry.
2014-500 24Sept14 The ISIS scales of justice.
The brutal and profoundly unjust nature of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
2014-494 22Sept14 The biggest terrorist threat to Australians.
Surmising that health issues such as the obesity epidemic resent a much greater threat to the social fabric of Australia than any external terrorist threat.
2014-493P 19Sept14 The Union Jack jock.
Went with article on Scotland voting remain a part of Great Britain.
2014-492 19Sept14 Less damaging NBN connection.
Drawn in response to widespread complaints about damage caused to buildings by National Broadband Network contractors when installing NBN connections.
2014-489 18Sept14 Captain snooze terrorist threat.
Fear of terrorism in Australia out of all proportion to the actual threat.
2014-486 17Sept14 NBN rollout fairytale.
Major delays in the rollout of the Australian National Broadband Network.
2014-481 15Sept14 Threats to national security.
A somewhat lighter look at threats to national security.
2014-480 12Sept14 Rome, Paris, London. Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria.
The attrition suffered by coalition forces when they are seemingly routinely rotated into Middle East hotspots.
2014-477 12Sept14 Support for working women today.
Drawn in response to the Government's plan to introduce a paid maternity leave scheme that will see largely middleclass women on higher incomes getting a higher maternity leave salary than working class women.
2014-476P 11Sept14 007 Licensed to make a killing.
Went with article on protests over the Victorian government giving Crown Casino the right to seek significant compensation if there is any gambling law enacted that restricts their gambling business.
2014-473 10Sept14 In a sweat over terrorism.
The Australian government's vigorous campaign to highlight the threat of terrorism, which a cynic like myself might see as largely a way to divert attention from the government's poor performance on the domestic front.
2014-469 9Sept14 Different views of the threat of violence.
Using fear of violent action in the Middle East to look at violence much closer to home, that of domestic violence.
2014-465P 5Sept14 Garden cuttings today.
Went with article on the announcement that Open Gardens Australia will close.
2014-460 5Sept14 The mining industry today.
The scrapping of the mining tax tied to the cancelling of the planned increase in compulsory superannuation contributions.
2014-458 3Sept14 Unemployed and employed youth.
Rising unemployment amongst young people offering few opportunities in some youth socio economic groups to make a living except through illegal means.
2014-450 2Sept14 The military intervention road to peace in the Middle East.
The failure of military intervention to achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East
2014-447 29Aug14 Gun safety in America.
Drawn in response to the tragic shooting of an instructor while he was showing a child how to fire a Uzi machinegun.
August 20142014-444 28Aug14 The search for intelligent life in outer space.
Lamentation on the stupidity of human kind.
2014-442 27Aug14 Plenty of jobs for young people in the Middle East.
The only work readily available for young Muslim men in the middle East is fighting for the various militant groups.
2014-436 21Aug14 Islamic state by-laws.
The brutal treatment dished out by ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) does not bode well for its citizens if such a state was ever created
2014-435 20Aug14 The Mexican and Zimbabwean waves.
Australian cricket tour of Zimbabwe despite that country's terrible human rights record.
2014-429 19Aug14 The ice epidemics.
Meth amphetamine and obesity epidemics currently sweeping Australia.
2014-427P 18Aug14 Tackling obesity today.
Went with article on the Vic. State Govt. launching an anti obesity campaign while at the same time helping to expand the junk food industry.
2014-426 18Aug14 Renewable energy targets.
The Abbott government considering scraping its renewable energy target.
2014-420 31July14 Religion in schools in the Middle East.
Combines two stories; a debate in Australia over religion in schools and religious based fighting in the Middle East including a recent attack on a school in Gaza.
2014-419 30July14 Future pre-flight safety demonstration.
The shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 will result in big security changes in the airline industry.
July 20142014-416P 29July14 Job seeker handing out resumes.
Went with article on the new work for the dole regulation that require job seekers to apply for forty jobs a month.
2014-415 29July14 The jobs pool - the work for the dole requirements.
The draconian and unrealistic new work for the dole regulations at odd with the available work opportunities.
2014-408P 24July14 Liberal Government environmental policies.
Went with article on the Victorian government repealing wind farm limiting legislation, which is at odds with the Federal government's environmental policies.
2014-404 23July14 The young Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin has been less than honest about his dealings with both the Ukraine and the rest of the world.
2014-402 22July14 The Russian bear trap.
The shooting down of Malaysian airlines flight MH17 by pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists has Russia in somewhat of a diplomatic trap.
2014-399 21July14 Repealing the carbon tax.
Not tackling the threat of global warming head on may have dire consequences in the future.
2014-397P The tip of the Ukrainian conflict iceberg.
Went with background article on the conflict in the Ukraine that sparked the shooting down of flight MH17.
2014-396 18July14 The fallout from the shooting down of flight MH17.
The shooting down of Malaysian airlines flight MH17 by pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists has irrevocably damaged their cause.
2014-393 17July14 Repeal of the carbon tax.
Effectively tackling global warming will prove a much tougher task than getting rid of the carbon tax.
2014-394P 17July14 The good and the bad news.
Went with article on the repeal of the carbon tax.
2014-392 17July14 My legs of lamb worth more than that.
A whimsical look at the debate over the increased cost of a leg of lamb due to the carbon tax.
2014-387 15July14 Financial planning advice today applied to the three little pigs.
Poor practices in the financial planning industry favours the financial planners at the expense of their clients.
2014-379 11July14 The passing legislation race.
Passing legislation in the Senate a much more complicated process.
2014-378 11July14 The young angry elephant in the corner.
General unemployment figures masking the much higher youth unemployment figures.
2014-376 10July14 Bringing in and getting rid of the carbon tax.
Getting rid of the carbon tax may prove just as damaging to Abbott's career as introducing the carbon tax was for Gillard's career.
2014-369 8July14 Waist paper service.
A look at the obesity epidemic through the subject of municipal waste services.
2014-365 7July14 Asylum seekers disappearing magic trick.
The Australian Federal government's very secretive approach to processing asylum seekers may have result in dangerous outcomes for the refugees it processes.
2014-361 4July15 The refugee's dilemma.
Australia's tough tactics for dissuading Asylum seekers from coming to Australia.
2014-360 3July15 Commonwealth Bank elephant in the corner.
Commonwealth Bank customers' large financial loses due to financial planning mismanagement by the bank.
2014-356 2July15 Tony Abbott's budgie smugglers.
Tony Abbott being out manoeuvred by Clive Palmer in the hurly burly of Senate politics.
2014-354 1July14 Voter identification laws.
Push for voter identification laws sparked warnings that it will be harder for disadvantaged groups to have their say at the ballot box.