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Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon following this week’s Four Corners (ABC TV) investigation into the payday loans industry. Read more on the Pro Bono website here.

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This month’s New Internationalist Scratchy Lines cartoon. See seven good reasons to subscribe at the Australian New Internationalist site here.

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Today’s Pro Bono News cartoon. As the post ‘Disability Funding Backflip Fuels Calls for Certainty from NFP Sector’ reports- a number of  recently defunded disability advocacy groups, representing 200,000 people with disabilities, have been given ‘transition funding’ until the end of June. This short-term backflip is small change compared to the overall $1 billion cuts to community services.

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Craig Greer writes in the latest South Australian Teachers Journal about the lack of special needs funding. ‘It’s an issue that is becoming more critical by the day and, if not addressed with the rollout of needs based funding as recommended by the Gonski Review, has the capacity to severely impact on outcomes in public schools for years to come.’

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When I started cartooning last century I didn’t know any cartoonists but I did have two books of cartoons – they were my guides. One was a collection of Michael Leunig’s cartoons, the other was of Bruce Petty’s.

Last night Bruce Petty presented the keynote address to the  21st Australasian Humour Studies Network Annual Conference here in Adelaide. It was a real treat. He described – and drew – the last 50 years of cartooning, thought, life, and everything, and how our brains have tried to keep up … and our imagination has been battered in the process. The photo shows Bruce Petty with the drawing he produced showing how the cartoonist fits into it all.

Bruce was a panelist in the earlier session, which discussed humour in relation to the Charlie Hebdo murders. It was a valuable discussion about the role of cartoons and refreshed many questions. Cartoons work because they cross lines, but (for me) do you cross lines because they are there, or because there is something to be said from crossing certain lines? (That is simplifying it a bit too much perhaps). Can you claim selective context in a multicultural and globalised world? And why would you?

The conference information quoted Shakespeare (Love’s labour’s Lost):

A jest’s prosperity lies in the ear /Of him that hears it, never in the tongue /Of him that makes it                                                                                                 

Ah, this strikes a chord. When I have given cartooning classes I have asked kids to think about what they want to happen in their reader’s heads – and then work back. I think it is a good guide.

 

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The Summer edition of Australian Options is out now.  ‘Discussions for Social Justice and political change’ with articles on the ACOSS Report on poverty in Australia, growth issues and alternatives, the Middle East and more.

AO SUMMER 14-15 No 79 DRAFT 150115-1

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Today’s Pro Bono News cartoon. Illustrating  that ‘Peak welfare Not for Profits ACOSS and State and Territory Councils of Social Service have issued a collective New Years Resolution for the Federal Government to stop devastating funding cuts to community organisations across Australia’. Read more of the post here.

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Regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield said:

“None of us are served – Governments, providers, participants, potential participants, carers – none of us are served by anything other than a clear-eyed realism in relation to the Scheme.”

As posted on the Pro Bono Australia website ‘The “Stressful” State of the Disability Sector – Report’

Here is this fortnight’s NFP-Kneebone cartoon for Pro Bono Australia news.