all cartoons by date of publication
2014   July to december

December  2014
2014-663  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  2014
2014-639  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  2014
2014-577 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  2014
2014-506  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  2014
2014-444 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  2014
2014-416P 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.