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Pain in the ANZUS

Going along for the ride, wherever they might be?

© Mark Rhodes 2017.

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This toon was inspired by the special category of "Pain in the ANZUS" for the 2017 Rotary National Cartoon Awards.
Will President of the US Donald Trump tow Aus and NZ into conflict in the South China Sea? ...
Or further North perhaps?
Update August 13, 2017: This cartoon won the Merit Award (runner-up) in the special category :)
Congratulations to David Rowe; winner of the category.

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The Hangover Handover

The Hangover Handover.

© Mark Rhodes 2017.

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It seems most of the world has been stunned that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US Presidential election and even as Trump is sworn in as the 45th POTUS, disbelief remains in the Clinton camp.
#DemocracyAtWork apparently only works well when your side wins.
#WhatHappened _ #TheBuckStopsWhere?

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#HugsForHird

#HugsForHird.

© Mark Rhodes 2017.

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We all make mistakes. Allegations that might or not be accurate. Innuendo, gossip and perhaps a element of envy have tarnished Hird's reputation. He pushed boundaries. Who in AFL or elite sport hasn't? Maybe he crossed the line... but when James Hird crossed the white line of an AFL arena, there were very few that could match or better him. Give him a break. Whatever his crime. He's done his time. He and his family are obviously going through a lot of torment at the moment. Give him and his family some sympathy and if you can, some empathy.
Lest we forget his brilliance.
#TwoBadBricks.
#HugsForHird.

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Nothing Merry about Christmas for estranged Dads

Parenting rights on hold

© Mark Rhodes 2016.

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Relating to Men - Helpful information re Men's issues

Millions of children around the world will have seen Father Christmas more than their own Father over the last few months. Parental estrangement and alienation crosses many demographics. Multi-millionaire Brad Pitt found out the hard way this year. Whilst the jury of Angelina's servants took a Christmas break, Brad's future as a co-parent remains in a skewed balance.
Brad has only been able to see his children 3 times since September; each of those occasions for limited duration under the judgmental eyes of a court appointed supervisor. To restore the balance, Brad will have to compete in a legal colosseum against more superior beings in costume.
The fight will be emotionally stressful and financially draining. At least Brad has a fat bank account to draw from but emotionally, Brad has already said: 'This has been the worst holiday season of my life.'.
Sadly many less well-resourced fathers cannot endure the legal battles or the alienation.
I wonder how many Fathers Christmas lost this year :\
See also #SeparationEquality by Jasmin Newman of 'Relating to men'.

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Marriage equality ... How about separation equality?

Separation equality

© Mark Rhodes 2015.

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Relating to Men - Helpful information re Men's issues

In an era when most marriages end in divorce, why is separation equality not a higher social priority? How can it be so easy for a mother to relocate to a distance that makes it difficult for the father to share parenting; thereby punishing a father that wants to be as normal a father as possible, albeit in separated circumstances?

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Grim Reaper rides with Man Haron Monis

#illridewithyou

© Rhodes 2014.

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Mother's day heroes

Mother's day heroes

© Mark Rhodes 2014.

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MH370... Missing in Heaven?

Hath God taken away?

© Mark Rhodes 2014.

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Mandela's Long walk to freedom... and peace.

An extraordinary journey by an extraordinary man.

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Despicable Kev 2!

It seems Kev Gru on us!

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I saw "Despicable Me 2" with the family over the school holidays and loved it; I think the kids did too! ;)
I really loved the animation and I couldn't help but notice some similarities in the main character (Gru) to PM Kev 2!

The minions have conceded that Rudd's popularity with the constituency is the ALP's only hope of winning the 2013 Federal election.

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The Voice of Australia. Do politicians really listen?

Tone deaf!

© Mark Rhodes 2013.

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This toon originally went with a newspaper editorial regarding a letter that had been written to the leaders of the major political parties by Jenny Bell. Jenny, a grandmother from the Barossa Valley spoke of her disillusionment with the leaders for their self-indulgent and childish bickering, whilst neglecting the Voice of many Australians.

Last night, Harrison Craig became the winner of "The Voice" of Australia 2013.

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Recyclable Rudd or caustic crud?

Tearing Labor apart!

© Mark Rhodes 2013.

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The Mildura Weekly newspaper this week wanted a toon to go with a story about rubbish and recycling. In short; a lot of non-recyclable rubbish and even toxic waste has been thrown in household Recycle bins and the story sought to provide information re acceptable recyclables. On Tuesday, Joel Fitzgibbon (Ex Labor Whip and an overt supporter of Kevin Rudd), mocked a Public Relations script that was issued from the Prime Minister's PR advisors...
and again, rumours of a Rudd comeback have been recycled.

Ex Labor hopeful, Mark Latham has since labelled Rudd an egomaniac and said Gillard should have expelled him back in 2010.

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Pennies drop at Ford but not Canberra

Ford Australia faces reality of declining popularity of Falcon... Gillard and Abbott can't take the hint!

© Mark Rhodes 2013.

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Ford Australia Chief Bob Graziano declares that the declining sales figures for the Ford Falcon have reached a point where production of the Falcon cannot be sustained beyond 2016.

Meanwhile the leaders of the Australian Federal Labor and Liberal parties persevere despite omnipresent unpopularity!

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No marriage choice for Black Caviar

Kiwis legalise equal marriage rights for gays.

© Mark Rhodes 2013.

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On the same day that New Zealand parliamentarians passed legislation to legalise equal marriage rights for gays, the owners and trainer of Black Caviar announced that the mare would be retired to a stud farm and that the search for a suitable stallion would commence soon.

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Gillard has a Good Friday!

but beware Easter Sunday!

Gillard has a good Friday
and puts Rudd to rest!

© Mark Rhodes 2013. All rights reserved.

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Judia Gillard seems pretty chuffed now that Kev is entombed in the back benches...
but are there really "no circumstances" in which the ALP's 2007 saviour could be resurrected?!

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Feisty fighter!

Kamikaze Gillard!

Gillard's Zero hope!

© Mark Rhodes 2013. All rights reserved.

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Another extraordinary week in politics! This time the Fed ALP Leadership was under attack (again).
As Prime Minister Gillard and Senator Conroy prepared for their mission to make the media barons more accountable, ex PM Rudd again offered his full support... but with Zero chance of success things were about to get worse for Kamikaze Julia.
An exasperated Minister Simon Crean threw a grenade in the ALP Hanger, practically forcing Rudd to suit up!
But Rudd didn't have the ground support... Gillard still commands the Zero but the roar of jet engines couldn't muffle the delight from Liberal HQ.

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Black smoke = No new hope!

No new ALP leader = No new Hope!

Omenous black smoke!

© Mark Rhodes 2013. All rights reserved.

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What a week! Victoria has a new Premier after the Liberal Party practically forced Ted Baillieu to resign from that position and the Northern Territory has a new Chief Minister after a mutinous coup.
But as the world awaited a plume of white smoke from the Vatican to signal the appointment of a new Pope, the federal opposition leader Tony Abbott continues to sit pretty whilst the federal Australian Labor Party persists with embattled Julia Gillard as Prime Minister.

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Gillard's only chance!

Howse ya back?!

Shorten-ing odds!

© Mark Rhodes 2013. All rights reserved.

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At an Australian Workers Union conference held at Jupiter's Casino recently, AWU Secretary Paul Howse assured Julia Gillard: "We've got ya back!", which I think is a tad ironic considering he was one of the so-called faceless men that stabbed then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the back, in favour of annointing Ms Gillard into the Leadership role.
Now that Prime Minister Gillard's popularity with the Australian electorate could hardly go lower, I think her only chance for a win would be to get a ride on Black Caviar!

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Domestic fiscal cliff

Increased credit ceiling will cover it!

Home grown fiscal cliff.

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On the eve of 2013, world financial markets stood on the edge of a metaphoric fiscal cliff awaiting the outcome of negotiations in the U.S. Congress. President Obama and his Democrat Party Senators were trying to avert or at least defer drastic fiscal measures that would reign in government expenditure and increase taxes in a bid to decrease the nation's extraordinary debt. The Republican party showed little sign of budging. The imminent tightening of the government's belt was expected to send the United States into recession with the inevitable consequence of contracting the economies of other world nations.
Meanwhile on the domestic front, many families are struggling with their own fiscal cliffs of post-Christmas bills and credit accounts.

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Mildura-Weekly front page Staff Christmas cartoon

Immaculate perception!

Staff nativity caricatures.

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Since Christmas 2009 I have created the artwork that appears on the front page of the Mildura-Weekly (newspaper) Christmas edition. The request this year was to depict some of the staff in a nativity scene infused with some Australian and local humour.

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Bad Apple leads wise men astray!

Apple maps lead wise men astray!

Bad Apple and a brothel!

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A proposal to build a brothel in Buronga (across the Murray River from Mildura) has divided opinions in the community... Meanwhile, Police have reported that at least 6 people have become lost in the Sunset National Park after relying on Apple-Maps to direct them to Mildura; ~70 kms off course!

I wonder where the 3 wise men might've wandered to if they hadn't followed the North Star!

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Pitta Patta of Paparazzi

Duchess of Cambridge in hospital

Paparazzi sickness

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The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital suffering severe morning-sickness.

The news couldn't be better for the Paparazzi! A new heir to the throne is on the way.
It seems Kate's bump will be photographed all the way!

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Heat is on Ponting

Ponting's 168th Test match

Ponting's 168th Test match

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Temperatures are predicted to break November records in many parts of Victoria today, including 45 deg C in Mildura! The heat will also be on Ricky "Punter" Ponting in Perth tomorrow. Having failed to produce an innings of substance recently, pressure is on for Ponting to make some runs or make way in the Test team for somebody else.

Update: Ricky Ponting has announced that he will retire after the Perth Test match.

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Racing Victoria

Integrity in reverse.

Have mug punters been
taken for another ride?

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Have conflicts of interest handicapped the judgment of the custodians of this gargantuan gambling industry?
In light of the recent Damien Oliver betting scandal and the arguably lenient penalty, the perception of veracity and integrity in the institution of Racing Victoria seems to have gone backwards.

It will be interesting to see the result of the subsequent investigation by the Racing Integrity Commissioner into the Oliver inquiry.

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Holy smoke screen?!

Inhumane crimes, not forgivable sins.

What will the Royal Commission find?

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I guess you'd have to be living under a rock if you didn't know by now that Prime Minister Gillard has announced a Royal Commission into institutional child abuse.

Abysmally, some of the supposed servants of god, the preachers of morality, those that were entrusted within such institutions to nurture and protect children became the devil's disciples; predatory paedophiles; hideous hypocrites!
Perhaps worse, is that rather than exorcising the evil reprobates and making them accountable to laws of decency, the executive evangelists found new holes for the rock spiders to crawl into.

Let's hope the Royal Commission will flush these inhumane creatures and their unconscionable protectors out from their hidey holes and that justice will provide the surviving victims some relief and new faith in our society.

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The Race to find Dante

Dasher the toddler shepherd

Mildura Police raced the clock...

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A lot of people this week were celebrating the rise of Green Moon in "The race that stopped the nation" or barracking for their preferred President in "The race that stopped America".
As a Dad, the race I thought had the greatest relief and happiest ending was the one to find Dante.
In Mildura on the night of the Melbourne Cup, two year old Dante and his trusty dog Dasher were reported lost. Fourteen hours later Mildura Police discovered Dante half naked in a field about 3.5 kilometres from his home.
Apart from mild hypothermia and dehydration Dante was well.
It seems Dasher, a German shepherd can now add "Toddler shepherd" to his C.V. :)

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Psy they think they can dance!

Psy-chotic!

Dancing with the bizzares!

Who would you vote for? ...or out?!

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Asia seems to be the flavour of the month. While Psy has been rocking the world with his Gangnam Style dancing, our PM has pledged to sell yellow rocks (Uranium) to India and while she was in India she tried to rock New Delhi with her belly! Now Julia Gillard wants all future school age Aussies to learn an Asian language.
Meanwhile, Tony Abbott still struggles with his own language and just can't put a foot right!

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Jonathan Brown Vs Car!

Is Jonathan Brown Superman?

Jonathan Brown Vs Car

Car loses!

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How tough is Jonathan Brown?!
Brown has had two face reconstructions after high impact collisions in AFL games and still he plays on! On Tuesday morning he was struck by a car whilst out cycling... The result; the car suffered a few dings in the bonnet, a caved in windshield and it had to be towed away! Brown copped a laceration on his elbow, requiring 10 stitches.
It wouldn't surprise me if he did the needle work himself!

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Political amusement gallery!

Sitting ducks

Sitting ducks and drakes!

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The Mildura Show is on this weekend and in this drawn-out era of GFC (Global Financial Circus*), most consumers are still cautious with their discretionary spending. So the inspiration for this week's Mildura-Weekly (newspaper) toon was a result of pondering how the Show staff might add more attraction to their attractions and some rumination over the distractions, semantics and antics of our Leaders!

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When Harry and Sally's kids went back to school!

Oh, what a feeling! .

Cafe climax; No faking!

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We adore and cherish our children but for some reason, they seemed to be extra demanding over the last few days of the recent school holidays. In a scene reminiscent of the movie When Harry met Sally, the relief when they went back to school and kindergarten was... the inspiration for this toon ;)

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Kellys take Mum's car to Bathurst

Just cruisin' Mum! .

Todd and Rick Kelly

Each year the Kelly Racing brothers Todd and Rick make their journey from Mildura to Bathurst in an unconventional means of transport. This year they borrowed their mum's 52 year old FB Holden to mark the 50th anniversary of the Great Race.

The Kelly Boys promised Mum they would take good care of the old car but it's hard to imagine a couple of lads that like racing down Conrod Straight at close to 300 kmph dawdling along the 800 kilometre trip to Bathurst so...
I thought they might tweak and spruce the old sedan up a bit! ;)

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Hawks Vs Swans for the AFL Premiership Cup

... and the Swans pinch the Cup from the favoured Hawks! .

Hawks Vs Swans

Gone from the AFL Finals are the Eagles, Magpies and Crows; only Hawks and Swans remaining!
Who will steal the prized Premiership Cup in what has become the battle of the birds?

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Commando Harry

Don't shoot! Don't shoot! .

Commando Prince Harry cartoon

A toon re the Paparazzi invading the privacy of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Wills and Kate, intertwined with some expertise and exploits of Prince Harry.

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Judo Judd

another Steven Segal moment! .

non-Sensai Judd cartoon

AFL super-star Chris Judd seems to have momentarily forgotten that he was on a football field, again!

North Melbourne footballer Leigh Adams was tackled to the ground by Judd's team-mate Andrew Carrazzo. Adams had all but submitted to the Carrazzo tackle and was probably expecting to hear the Umpire's whistle to signal a 'Ball-up' but instead, he found himself in sudden pain because Chris Judd had picked up Adams' loose right arm, applied an arm-lock and wrenched the arm from it's shoulder socket!

Channel 7 commentator Denis Commetti described Judd's peculiar action as a "full brother to the chicken-wing tackle"; a reference to outlawed rugby tackles... but how can it even be deemed a "tackle" given that Adams had already been tackled, was prone, going nowhere and defenseless?!

Judd has a record of at least 3 "unorthodox tackles!" He was reported in 2009 for making unnecessary contact near the eyes of Brisbane player Michael Rischitelli. Judd stated that he wasn't eye-gouging but rather attempted to push his thumb into a pressure point behind Rischitelli's ear in a Steven Segal like tactic! ... Judd was suspended for 3 matches. In 2007 Judd was lucky to evade a penalty for eye-gouging then Hawthorn player Campbell Brown.
Brown testified that Judd had not eye-gouged him... but Brown later admitted he had misled the tribunal in a bid to get Judd off the charge.

Judd is an awesome AFL player to watch, when he plays by the rules but Judd's martial-art like tactics make me wonder if Judd has trained in some form of martial-art and occasionally mistakes the football field for a do-jo!

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Mothers' Day

Two Mums! .

Mothers' day cartoon - 2012

Barack Obama recently declared that his stance regarding gay marriage rights has "evolved"... and it seems public opinion in Australia is evolving too; with exceptions, notably Julia Gillard... but the apparent ground swell to end marriage rights discrimination gives the impression that it might not be too long before children will be able to officially say "Happy Mothers' Day"... in the plural form.

To all Mums; Happy Mother's day.

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Newton's Law !

Newton discovers the gravity of law .

Newton discovers the gravity of law... again!

Matthew Newton allegedly took his frustration with poor phone reception out on a Miami Hotel Clerk.
I wonder if he got a better reception at Miami-Dade jail!

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Australian Open; open until 2am in tennis epic!

Rafa suffers Jock-itch again .

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Five sets across nearly 6 hours! This years's mens final was the longest final in a Grand Slam event ever and it went down to the wire! Both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had opportunities to win the championship but Djokovic prevailed when it mattered most. Novak is the Aussie champion again.

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Black Caviar at MOONee Valley

cartoon - under the moonlight at Moonee Valley Race course Black Caviar Mooning other contenders!

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Black Caviar makes her bid for 17 wins on the trot this Friday night in the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Update: 27-Jan; In a fairly casual performance, Black Caviar won the Australia Stakes, easily eclipsing her rivals.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club ran a competition inviting cartoonists to submit a cartoon about Black Caviar.
Eight cartoons were selected for publication in The Moonee Valley Racing Club's racebook. The final 8 toons (including this one) were also published on a facebook competition page where public voting determined the winner.

Barnes storms Margaret River

cartoon - Jimmy Barnes as the siren! Cold Chisel express to Margaret River

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Three police vehicles were snapped by a speed camera in the small town of Carbunup River Western Australia on Saturday the 26th of November. A Police motor cycle was booked at an alleged speed of 129 kmph.
The two police cars following had alleged speeds of 116 kmph and 110 kmph. All three were exceeding the designated speed limit of 80 kmph.

At 49 kmph over the speed limit, the motor-cycle cop has been charged with hoon driving. This police convoy was enroute to the Sandalford Estate winery from Busselton Airport. On board were the members of Cold Chisel, including of course Jimmy Barnes.

One source suggests that the Police assisted Cold Chisel convoy was arranged because the helicopter that was supposed to get Cold Chisel from Busselton Airport to the Estate was not allowed to fly due to the smoke from the fires at Margaret River. However, the Police were not authorised to convey Cold Chisel under Priority (emergency) conditions, hence they did not have permission to exceed the speed limit.

Some have tried to justify the expeditious escort because there was a crowd awaiting that might have turned feral if Cold Chisel were not on stage at the scheduled time but how late were they? One news report stated the speed-camera recorded the infringements at 3:50pm. Sandalford Estate is only ~25 km from Carbunup River so even if they had driven at an average speed of 80 kmph they would likely have been at the Estate by ~4:30pm. So is the fear of a feral crowd sufficient or plausible justification for travelling at such excessive speed through the small town of Carbunup River or were the police involved simply showing off for the show men?

It was reported that the police vehicles had their emergency flashing lights on but not sirens.
Unless Jimmy was belting out one of his songs, pedestrians or slow moving vehicles could have been perilously caught unaware of the rapidly approaching chariots for Chisels.

FYI: if you are not familiar with Cold Chisel; the lyric in the toon is a play on the lyric from the CC song "Bow River".

We are us!

cartoon - 3AW John Burns' view of Gay Marriage rights :-) Marriage rights for same sex couples

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The inspiration for this cartoon came after listening to the early morning breakfast broadcast from Melbourne radio station 3AW. During November 2011, public debate as to whether or not equal marriage rights should be legislated for same sex couples was filling pages and air-waves in the media. On the morning of 15 Nov 2011, 3AW radio compere Ross Stevenson asked his on-air partner John Burns for his thoughts.
I thought John Burns' response, was very funny.
It was perhaps a stereotypical response from a man that had been married a very long time and so I decided to depict a stereotypical long-term married couple in a lounge room setting using the dialogue from Ross and John.
The inspiration for depicting Julia Gillard on the TV screen came after the ALP conference.
Gay marriage rights protestors were in attendance at the venue for the conference.
Gillard was broadly lambasted by the media for using the term "We are us" in her speech.

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President Obama with Prime Minister Gillard

and from the tunnels of war in Afghanistan Cartoon; Obama and Gillard in the Tunnel of love.

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard seems to enjoy a fond relationship with the President of the United States, Barack Obama; a cuddle in Cannes, a couple of kisses in Canberra... don't they look adorable?
Meanwhile, there is still no imminent solution to the Afghanistan dilemma.

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Ted's new number plates

Smile for Ted's cameras!

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The Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu has launched a public campaign asking people to make suggestions
for a new slogan to appear on Victorian registration plates. So many ideas, such a small space!
Whilst many debate the Pros and Cons of speed cameras, it seems speed cameras are here to stay, so if
you're out on Vic roads today, SMILE! :) You're bound to drive past one of Ted's cameras soon!

Update Sep 06, 2012: Almost a year later!
Ted and the Victorian Liberal party have announced the new slogan that will appear on registration plates:
"VIC - STAY ALERT - STAY ALIVE"

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Stosur glorious and victorious - Williams loses it!

Serena Williams cartoon - Foot in mouth fault!

Serena Williams was anything but serene during her performance on September 11 in the 2011 US Open Women's Tennis final. Williams blurted a boisterous "C'MON!" before a point had finished and was correctly penalised by the chair umpire. Williams not only lost the point, she then lost the plot and vented her anger at the umpire.

9-11 was an emotional day for Americans (and many other nationalities that lost loved ones as a result of the terrorist attacks on 9-11-2001; including Australians) but Serena Williams’ behaviour was deplorable and inexcusable.
On the other side of the net Samantha Stosur kept her composure, showed exemplary sportsmanship and went on to win convincingly and deservedly.

Williams was subsequently fined $2000 for a code violation but will Serena be effected by such an insignificant fine having earned $1.4 million for the week?
It seems the US Tennis Association has effectively condoned Williams' bad behaviour.

Congratulations Sam! :-)

Greater Greater Western Sydney Offer!

Offer of Greater Wads of ca$h, too good to refuse!

Blog [07-Sep-2011]
The Western Bulldogs have revealed they offered young gun Callan Ward ~$450k per year to retain his services but Greater Western Sydney (GWS) made Ward an offer he couldn't refuse. At 21 years young, Ward has signed a contract for $4million over 5 years!

Qantas restructure

Qantas-Link, better than Centre-Link!

Blog [17-Aug-2011]
Chief Executive Officer of QANTAS, Alan Joyce, has announced a commercial decision that a major restructure of the organistion will occur over the next five years. As many as 1000 Australian Qantas jobs, particularly employees associated with the International routes will become redundant or be reassigned to new routes or duties.
Will this commercial decision tear the heart out of the flying kangaroo?

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Exotic betting in football

Anderson assures integrity in AFL betting - but not a Shaw thing!

In May this year the AFL investigated betting plunges that were made on 2 Brisbane defenders and a Hawthorn defender to kick the first goal of a match. Daniel Merrett was backed in from $101 to $15 and then started the game in the forward line! The AFL feared some footbal club insiders might have exploited privy pre-match team-list information to make exotic bets. Although no breaches of the regulations were discovered on that occasion, AFL Operations Manager Adrian Anderson issued a stern warning that such bets or the passing on of such confidential information would be met with harsh penalties. [Fairfax news article May 24, 2011]

So why soon thereafter would any AFL footballer, let alone the Captain of the reigning premiership club, not be aware that such activities would bring them into disrepute and damage the integrity of the game and further exacerbate concerns about gambling on football?!

Heath Shaw took a punt on skipper Nick Maxwell to kick the first goal of the Round 9 match against Adelaide.

The Collingwood Captain, normally a defender, told family members he'd be starting the game in the forward line.
Maxwell claimed he naively failed to tell them that they were not allowed to use the privy information to make bets.

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Canberra Poll-ution Solution

Carbon trash cartoon

Prime Minister Julia Gillard's popularity is so low, various polls indicate that even a recycled Kevin Rudd would be preferred as PM!... Unlike the herds of cattle awaiting departure to Indonesian abattoirs, the Federal Government has become a laughing-stock! ... Unfortunately they're not funny (unless you're a cartoonist! :) ... Seriously, the serial incompetence of this government is surely now beyond a joke! ... But wait, there's more;
Juliar's prattle has prompted more cynical chuckles by vowing to pound the pavements until her shoe leather is worn-out in a bid to convince the electorate that her hide is worth saving and that her carbon (dioxide) tax will save the world! ... The polls suggest it's time for an alternative poll-ution solution!

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Pakistan border and one ex-boarder!

Pakistan borders and one ex-boarder!

Pakistan Border patrol soldiers give an intimidating impression at the Wagah Gate but nothing seems to intimidate US Navy Seal Team 6, especially when the prize catch is Osama Bin Laden!
The location of Osama Bin Laden's hideaway so close to a Pakistani Military complex in Abbottabad has raised questions as to how the Pakistani government could not have been aware.
This toon was drawn for a regional newspaper melding an article in that paper about the Wagah Gate with the news of 'Operation Neptune's Spear'; however this toon was not published due to other editorial priorities.

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The Prime Minister's speech

Gillard's tears - Academy Award performance?

Most Australians would agree with the heartfelt sentiments of Prime Minister Gillard's speech in the House of Representatives yesterday (8-Feb) but crikey, was it the real or unreal Julia that delivered the speech (or script!)?
Did the PM really cry or were they crocodile tears? It was difficult to distinguish any real tears on the television.
There was certainly quivering and sad expression and no doubt the Prime Minister has empathy for people effected by floods, cyclones and bush-fires but the read, show and tell delivery certainly looked contrived.
Was it mere coincidence that after being recently criticised for being 'wooden' and 'unemotional', Gillard was spontaneously sad and sobbing on Australia's most televised stage?!
Should our PM receive an Academy Award nomination for best performance by an actress in a leading role?

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Djokovic the Champion

Novak Djokovic and Rafa Jock-itch!

Rafael Nadal's woes continued at the Australian Tennis Open. After suffering apparent jock-itch (caused by jockette wedgies!) Nadal endured a hamstring strain in his match against compatriot David Ferrer and gratiously bowed out of the 2011 championship.
Novak Djokovic did no wrong; he defeated Roger Federer in his semi-final and dominated the final against Andy Murray to win the Norman Brookes Championship trophy.

Damp discovery!

Finding Terra Australis

What if Captain Cook's 1770 search for the Great Southern Land had coincided with a 1 in 200 year flood?!
Would the British Empire have bothered sending a fleet to settle such a flood stricken land?!

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Bligh walks on water - Gillard gills out of water!

cartoon - Bligh, Gillard, Abbott, Hockey, Leadership

In the wake of the Queensland floods, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh led confidently and her comments, empathy and sympathy have been inspiring and appropriate. In contrast, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard has appeared floundering like a fish out of water!

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey also appear to have been angling for some political advantage, however brandishing their rods during this time of disaster distress doesn't appear to have won them too many friends.

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Politicians touring disaster areas

cartoon Gillard visits Victorian flood areas

In damned if you do, damned if you don't circumstances, Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited some of Victoria's flood regions. Some people seemed encouraged to have Julia "on the ground" but others lambasted her for apparent political rhetoric and cliches, leaving some pundits questioning her sincerity and wondering if it was the real or fake Julia that had visited... Victoria's present State slogan is "The place to be"; maybe it should be "The place to flee"!

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Flood of hopes for Lleyton Hewitt.

cartoon - unfortunately Lleyton Hewitt was defeated in Round 1

Despite the gloom caused by floods in Queensland and Victoria; many people, flood victims included, hoped Lleyton Hewitt could raise Aussie spirits with a victory at the 2011 Australian Tennis Open but despite a tenacious effort that lasted almost 5 hours, Hewitt lost to David Nalbandian in 5 sets.

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Warney bowls another nice leggy :)

cartoon Hurley bedazzled by Warne

After spinning some flirtatious tweets to leggy Liz Hurley, Shane Warne was caught out locking lips with Liz in a London hotel lobby.

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Interests rise in interest rates rise!

cartoon Cold blood Bank interest rates

On November 2, the Reserve Bank of Australia increased overnight cash interest rates by 0.25%. Subesquently, Commbank Australia increased the interest rate for their variable mortgage loans by 0.45% sparking outcry from many. Commbank CEO Sir Ralph Norris intimated some empathy for mortgagees but nonetheless, opined the 0.45% increase was necessary for a sound economy. Is this 'the interest rate rise we had to have' or do you think this is comparable with the cold blooded rationale of CEO Count Dracula at the Coldblood Bank?

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Federal election 2010 - Race that stopped the nation!

Hung parliament - Moving forward, going nowhere!

As many horse racing clubs around Australia prepared for the Spring Racing Carnival, the Federal election in August 2010 was a race that really stopped the nation! A hung parliament was the result with neither of the major parties able to form a majority government. As Gillard (ALP) and Abbott (LNP) negotiated with the newly elected Green and Independent Members of Parliament to form a minority government, the "Real action" to get Australia "Moving forward" came to a stand still.
So now that we have a hung parliament; which way is forward?!
Is Liberal Vs Labor or Blue Vs Red too Black & White to provide the governing needs of contemporary Australia?

Update 25/7/2011: This cartoon won the Political category of the Rotary National Cartoon Awards.
The medallion (& cheque:) was presented at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery in Coffs Harbour.

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Federal election 2010 - The Champ and Challenger

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Well, the clash of the titans is nigh; the Procrastinator (controlled by faceless men) versus Row-boat Cop!
Less than two months after terminating Kevin Rudd's run at a second term as Prime Minister, Julia Gillard has canned a CPRS (Carbon Polution Reduction Scheme) and deferred Rudd's planned Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and will instead, conduct a "citizen's assembly" to brainstorm for better ideas to save our souls, our economy and the new Prime Minister.
Tony Abbott has pledged to save us from the other "greatest moral dilemma of out time" by stopping the sievs*!
* Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels.

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Ginja Ninja Julia kills Kev in the PMS office!

Blood in the PMS Office

During a 3AW radio interview with Neil Mitchell on May 17, Julia Gillard assured listeners there'd be more likelihood of her lining up at Full-Forward for the Western Bulldogs (AFL) than toppling Prime Minister Rudd. Thirty eight days later, on June 24, allegedly at the behest of infamous faceless men, the Ginger Ninja, beheaded the Australian Labor Party and assumed the throne.

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Budget priorities 2010.

Mental misers

Despite appeals from concerned experts for urgent funding increases and the promises of the Labor Government to increase funding for Mental Health services, K.Rudd's government bypasses the mentally ill and passes the booty baton to elite athletes. {No budget increase for Mental-Health. $237m increase for elite athletes.}

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Woods warming the world!

Global warming uncovered

Whilst Al Gore, Keving Rudd and hundreds of world leaders flew in to Copenhagen to speak about the causes of climate change and their proposals to reverse the warming trend; news surfaced that Tiger Woods had been generating a lot of heat around the globe!

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Ben Cousins, on the path to redemption?

Collingwood bad boys offer bad boy Ben a ride to redemption

After Ben Cousins' rehabilitation and exile from the West Coast Eagles football club, Cousins sought a new club to revive his AFL career. Among the clubs that showed early interest was Collingwood. It was rather surprising that Collingwood President Eddie McGuire would consider the risk of recruiting Cousins after McGuire had recently had to deal with the delinquency of two of his own players. Collingwood player Heath Shaw had smashed his car into a parked car whilst driving under the influence of alcohol. McGuire had publically labelled Heath Shaw's passenger friend (at that point unknown) a "scaley mate" for allowing "a high profile footballer" to drive after he'd been drinking alcohol. McGuire later discovered that Shaw's "scaley mate" was Collingwood team-mate Alan Didak.

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