I’m fascinated by lobbyists; the revolving door between lobbying and politics and the effect it has on the world. So when the Senate announced an inquiry into political donations I knew I wanted to pop along to the public hearings.
Today’s was in Melbourne, so here’s my entirely editorial-free cartoon scribe. There’s a Canberra one happening next week, so if any Canberra toonists want to get along and scribe that I’m sure we’d all appreciate it! If any regular journos wanna pop along that might be good too.
Your cast of characters: Richard di Natale, Chris Ketter, Slade Brockman, Peter Georgiou and Jacqui Lambie!
I contributed a couple pages to the new international anthology called Draw The Line. I thought it was a good idea — a large group suggests loads of political actions one can take if they’re frightened for the world as it is post-Trumkfpth, and illustrators pick which actions they’d like to illustrate.
I chose “Look for the Reason”, and “Check Facts”. Get onto the site if you want to read the actions associated, and to check out more than a hundred excellent suggestions-plus-art. Sounds like there might be a print book later this year?
Tonight my little brother watched the US presidential election results, and then rushed off to his room and applied for an internship with News Corp! He insisted I put his filled out application form up on my blog, even though I told him it might hurt his chances.
There was a debate about the arts on over at the Wheeler Centre featuring arts minister Mitch Fifield, shadow arts minister Mark Dreyfus and Green Adam Bandt. I popped along and scribed it, live (nobody asked me to do this).
A secret list protects 1500 Australian companies from having to disclose any tax information to regulators. If you own a company on this list, you get complete tax secrecy. I read Heath Aston in the SMH on this last week; he says as a result, there’s an underground economy in buying and selling these valuable company names.
I got word of one of these deals going down and went down to Melbourne’s legal district to secretly record the trade.