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 carbon tax increases pressure on older style power stations that are unable to keep within environmental guidelines.
Bernie Banton was a tireless campaigner for people suffering asbestos related conditions caused by working for the company James Hardie. I met him in 2007 a few months before he died of mesothelioma and gave him an inked portrait as a keepsake. He joked at the time that the shoes should have been high heels because the James Hardie boss was a woman.
After he died I redid the cartoon in colour as a tribute and it appeared in the Newcastle Herald. The family requested the new version and it was used as a feature at Bernie’s funeral.
The thoroughbred industry is in collision with the coal industry over land use, prompting the NSW government to legislate a long term strategy. The end result appears to be balanced but is actually a big win for the powerful mining companies.