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 NSW government makes major cuts to TAFE art courses, effectively ending many art schools by making them unaffordable. Premier Barry O’Farrell justifies this by claiming artists have no prospects of finding work. I used myself as a case for the defence. Many people however don’t think I’ve got a real job.
I used to wonder what I’d say if I ever met the Prime Minister. Well, now I know.
One quiet day in August I arrived at the Newcastle Herald, made myself a cup of coffee, walked out into the newsroom and there right in my path was Julia Gillard. Before my brain had a chance to turn on I was introduced as the newspaper’s cartoonist and the PM’s gaze fixed upon me – along with most of the newsroom and her security entourage. She began with a comment about the way cartoonists draw her nose. At this point I should have swigged down the coffee, mumbled some pleasantries and moved away, but instead I discussed her pointy shnozz and then gushed that she was my favourite cartoon subject. Now, I could have said this about a male PM but not a female one. The newsroom erupted with embarrassed laughter and I was on the back foot for the rest of the conversation. To her credit the PM seemed amused by the whole thing and posed shortly after for a group shot.