China war risk containment US Malcolm Fraser Asialink speech Wayne Swan Christine Milne 2012-09-26

China war risk cartoon containment Fraser

Malcolm Fraser speech on China

This cartoon was a response to Malcolm Fraser’s speech at Asialink on the dangers of the US policy of containment of China and the risk of Australia being drawn into a war with China against our interests and wishes. The Australian government appears to be floundering in its response to both the desire of China to invest in Australian mining and agriculture, and to the expansion of Chinese power and influence in the Asia/Pacific.
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Budget black hole cartoon Julia Gillard Wayne Swan deficit surplus mining 2012-09-25

Budget black hole cartoon Gillard Swan mining

Budget black hole

The government is delusional when it says Mining employs few people. When the government employs teachers, environmentalists, artists and all the things we like and need, where does it get the money? A lot of it comes from mining.

Question: Is it humanly possible to go on doing cartoons about the budget surplus or deficit until April next year, or longer?
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Aseem Trivedi an Indian cartoonist arrested for sedition for his cartoons

Aseem Trivedi Indian cartoonist charged with sedition for this cartoon

Cartoonist arrested for sedition

This cartoon is not by me but is a work by Indian cartoonist and activist Aseem Trivedi. A few days ago he was arrested for sedition. I’m not sure which particular cartoon he was arrested for. The cartoon shown here is one of a string of cartoons by him attacking corruption in the Indian political system. Read more? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/11/india-sedition-laws-aseem-trivedi

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2012-09-13 Tony Burke scientific approach to Abel Tasman Margiris super-trawler debate

Tony Burke scientific approach

Tony Burke scientific approach

I’m a heretic on this. I’m sorry, I know cartoonists are meant to more soft-hearted. It’s true we need Marine Parks, less dredging/trawling for things on the bottom, strict quotas on overall catch and really strong regulation and limitation on long-line fishing and netting methods that get huge amounts of by-catch. Existing trawlers kill creatures we empathise with like seals and dolphins, but politicians have a knee-jerk reaction to the Margiris. It’s not true that a super-trawler is evil just because of its size. If anything it’s a better option than existing methods…..
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