In 1994 Australian runner Cathy Freeman won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. When she celebrated by carrying the aboriginal flag in a victory lap, an Australian official reprimanded her. The official was loudly condemned by the public and Freeman became a national hero to Aussies both black and white.
This cartoon won first prize in the National Rotary Cartoon Awards.
The Australian government sets up a wide-ranging carbon tax after a long fought battle. The general populace are left puzzled and bemused after years of arguments between political rivals and vested interests.
The rise of social media – which is more about gossip than fact – has led to exaggerated stories about dogs. Wild claims have been made about domestic pets being stolen to feed dog-fighting rings, few of which have been verified by police or animal welfare groups.
On November 16th and 17th 2012 the Australian Cartoonist Association had its annual Stanley Awards get together, this time in my home town of Newcastle. I was asked to provide the colour cover for the brochure and I portrayed Sam Viviano, art director for Mad magazine, and Alex Stitt of ‘Life, be in it’ fame.
We had an exhibition of cartoons on the Friday night followed by the dinner and award presentation on the Saturday night.