The downside of austerity

Without delving into the nitty gritty of currency valuations, geo-political structures and the like, it seems the situation in Greece and the rest of Europe might be getting worse before it gets better. There have been umpteen stories about the effect of Greek elections on it’s viability as a member on the Euro and the long term ramifications of a possible debt default. What will…

Eighteen months till the next election? Sure doesn’t feel like it.

Federal politics is an odd beast. Sure there’s a fair smattering of welcome analysis into the recent budget and a number of other important economic issues, but there’s perhaps even more focus on the Thompson and Slipper scandals and their potential to bring down the government. The old adversaries; policy and politics are again battling for attention. Watching question time this week, one has got…

Oh la la! New president and a new take on austerity?

Francois Hollande and his socialist party buddies have successfully swept Sarkozy from power after just one term in office. Hollande promises to bring a new approach to politics in France and his major peev is clearly with the harsh austerity measures implemented by his predecessor. All the media coverage about the election has trumpeted the fact that Hollande will move to reverse the pattern of…

It’s Budget eve…time for a financial cartoon delivery

Tomorrow the government will finally bring down it’s much talked about 2012-13 budget. The ALP has somehow managed to make a nice little mess for itself about the supposed need to return to surplus and as a result, Wayne Swan must surely be losing his mind – and maybe even his seat if Clive Palmer gets his way.So many numbers, figures, projects, schemes and…

Peter Slipper stays in speaking shape

Fresh allegations of misconduct against Peter Slipper have caused the speaker to step aside. There has been endless media focus on the ramifications of different outcomes for the Gillard government and it’s miniscule majority but no one seems to be asking what Slipper himself is up to! He’s adamant of his innocence and so I imagine he’s at home, trying to stay on top…

Aged care gets a make over

Yesterday the government announced a raft of measures aimed at reforming the aged care system in Australia. They want to create a more equitable structure where carers are better compensated, means-testing is strengthened and those who wish to stay in their homes, rather than going into a care facility, receive the necessary support. The package is obviously very broad and complex but the idea…

North Korea’s rocket propelled failure

By all accounts, North Korea’s much-hyped satellite launch was an total flop – metaphorically and physically. The world is now fretting about the possible ramifications of this failed launch and the chance of more nuclear testing by the North Koreans in the near future. All in all, it’s a sticky situation. That doesn’t mean however that cartooning avenues cannot be found. I hope you…

(Honorary) Doctor Howard makes a diagnosis

John Howard has received an honorary doctorate from Macquarie University thus allowing qualified use of the title ‘Dr’. This got me thinking about what a ‘Dr. Howard’ would treat if he were unleashed on patients – be they in human or political party form. Hope you enjoy the resulting cartoon 🙂

Bananas to the political rescue!

Lots of media today about the sustained bungling of the Australia Network tender process by the government. Seems like dilly-dallying and ignoring consistent advice doesn’t play with the public or the media (especially those at News Ltd). Anywhoooo, the whole episode was a bit of a shambles but that just makes it all the more appealing as cartoon inspiration. Enjoy my new cartoon and…

Sport and political worlds collide!

So I hear that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is going to be able to influence the footy games that go on free-to-air TV. I feel like this development makes him perhaps the ultimate heckler/trash talker. hope y’all enjoy my cartoon on the subject 🙂