(The Canberra Times, 15 and 16 December 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
61.6% of Australians voted ‘yes’ in a drawn-out national postal survey, floated by conservatives as their last great hope for delay, but ultimately exposing their minority position. Three weeks later, Parliament finally reversed the Howard-era ban on same-sex marriage.
I had the Sydney 78ers in mind when I drew this cartoon. Their protest for gay rights, the first Mardi Gras, when homosexuality was still a crime in NSW, “ended in violence, mass arrests and public shaming at the hands of the police, government and media”.
But the shirt says ’75, as that year marked the beginning of decriminalisation in Australia (thank-you Don Dunstan and gay rights campaigners in South Australia).
After years of wrecking ball politics, the ‘yes’ vote was, as Rebecca Huntley observed, “a welcome sign of life in our demoralised political climate”.
(The Canberra Times, 8 and 9 December 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
A new mass data leak sheds more light on the opaque financial network used by the global elite to hide their wealth offshore and minimise tax.
The release of the Paradise Papers by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists coincided with protests by asylum seekers on Manus Island.
(The Canberra Times, 7 November 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
Artists around the world are campaigning for cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé, imprisoned without charge in Equatorial Guinea since September 16.
Share your artwork in support of Ramón on social media using the hashtag #FreeNseRamon
You can check out Ramón’s excellent work here. Some of it features Equatorial Guinea’s President “Obi”, who seized power in a coup way back in 1979.
Imagine drawing the one Prime Minister, say Tony Abbott, for 38 years straight. Good grief.
(The Canberra Times, 1 November 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
This mash-up of revelations about alleged water corruption in the Murray-Darling Basin with the political debate over economic growth and inequality in Australia is a finalist at this year’s Walkley journalism awards.
Congrats to fellow finalists, my Fairfax colleagues Cathy Wilcox and Matt Golding.
(The Canberra Times, 26 July 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
(The Canberra Times, 24 June 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
Giles Parkinson: “Finkel decoded: The good, the bad, and the very disappointing”
(The Canberra Times, 9 June, 15 June 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
(The Canberra Times, 22 June 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)