Tony Abbott no mention of turning boats to SBY talks Jakarta Indonesia megaphone cartoon

 Tony Abbott no mention turning boats to SBY in talks Jakarta Indonesia megaphone cartoon 2012-10-17

The context of this cartoon was Abbott’s vociferous advocacy to all and sundry of his Asylum Seeker policy of “turning the boats” and towing boats back to Indonesia, where the policy is unpopular. In his talks with SBY, Abbott didn’t mention the policy, using the excuse that he was against megaphone diplomacy.
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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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