It was this time last year that Centrelink’s error-riddled “RoboDebt” automated compliance and debt recovery system was in the news.
For the monster, a bride.
(The Canberra Times, 13 January 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 government blows up it’s old budget lines…
(The Canberra Times, 11 12 and 13 May 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
Meanwhile, Centrelink’s fraught robo-debt-recovery campaign has now sent out 270,000 letters. Because those trips by Ministers to the AFL Grand Final and the Portsea Polo aren’t going to pay for themselves.
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(The Canberra Times, 11 & 12 January 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (true!) is the latest government minister to defend Centrelink’s troubled $4.5 billion debt recovery mission, following the Social Security Minister’s assurance that it was all working “incredibly well”.
The Minister for Health has also been digging in on the issue of entitlements.
(The Canberra Times, 7 January 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)
The dalek-shaped cyborg here is supposed to have a passing resemblance to the Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge (Dickens himself could not have come up with a better name!). But given that no-one knows what he looks like, and given the theme, it seemed more important to capture the likeness of something mechanical than something human.
(The Canberra Times, 3 January 2017 | Gallery of most recent cartoons)