somebody’s got to do it

The Australian June 4 2010

This cartoon accompanied a story about a record minimum wage increase of $26 a week (after a slightly less generous $0 per week last year) to the predictable chorus of “we’ll all be rooned” from the usual suspects.

Now as the reintroduction of slavery seems off the table at least until the Coalition gets back in, I’m sure there are strong economic arguments for not paying the poor bastards any more money. However, as the people making these arguments are probably earning more than $26 in the 5 or so minutes it takes for them to make the argument, it feels a little bit like there’s some sort of double standard at play, damn my bleeding heart.

Anyway, the cartoon was a bit wordy for a pocket, but it made me happy, so there.

(Insert appropriately ironic Midnight Oil lyrics here)

The Australian 26/2/2010

I would just like to point out that this cartoon was published before Kev demoted Pete from backing vocals to roadie. The PM’s clearly decided that rock stars can’t be trusted and has instead started listening to the cartoonists. We’ll all be rooned.

Happy 2010

The Australian 1/1/10

It’s going to be an Olympic year for cartoonists with a federal election coming up, and hopefully Tony Abbott will last long enough as Opposition leader to contest it, because if there is a god, Tony is His gift to political cartoonists. Thanks god.

The Mercury 2/1/10

…and just some food for thought if you’re tempted to make some New Years’ resolutions.
I’m on a break for the next week, so if you’ve got something really urgent that you need to contact me about right away, you’ve probably got the wrong person.