Not stopping the votes




Bill Shorten apologises to detained asylum seeker children for not ending their misery, because his voters just wouldn't stand for it. Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas



Fiona Katauskas Fiona Katauskas' work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, New Matilda, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.

Topic tags: Fiona Katauskas, Bill Shorten, asylum seekers, children



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An excellent cartoon Fiona! I'm telling you now, Bill Shorten, that I'm disgusted with Labor for putting party politics above basic human rights. I WON'T STAND FOR WHAT YOU AND THE COALITION ARE DOING BILL, I'M GRATEFUL THAT THE GREENS HAVE A SENSE OF HUMANITY AND DECENCY.
Grant Allen | 10 May 2016

My first reaction to Fiona Katauskas' cartoon was to laugh. It is extremely clever, but it packs a mighty punch because it sums up the reasons that the ALP and the "Liberals" are being so inhumane to people who have already suffered greatly. Fiona's cartooning is great and she certainly knows how to get to the crux of an issue. Thank you for posting it.
Andrew (Andy) Alcock | 11 May 2016

Congratulations Fiona, the cartoon is brilliant. I hope Bill Shorten sees it and rethinks his stand as many people who normally would vote for the ALP as I do, are feeling that they cannot do so in this coming election because Bill Shorten is siding with the Government by agreeing to reject refugees rather than accepting them in Australia as Governments have done on other occasions over the last century. It makes me feel sick.
paula kelly | 11 May 2016

I thought the cartoon was politically biased. Why not caricature Turnbull. Morrison or Dutton? They are the relevant ministers in the current Federal government.
John Morgan | 11 May 2016

John, a few weeks ago Fiona was criticised for anti-Government bias in one of her other visual commentaries (they are more than cartoons). I think she picks her mark without fear or favour. The Government, being in power and making decisions, is obviously a larger target but occasionally the Opposition sticks its head up for a serve. This is one of those times.
Brett | 11 May 2016

As Malcolm Fraser said in his political memoir, sometimes leaders need to show leadership on a matter of principle and risk the political consequences.
Robert Adler | 12 May 2016

a few voters care ( myself include), a few voters are both heartless callous but most are too busy worrying about their own financial situation to care either way.
luke weyland | 12 May 2016

Hi John, Thanks for your comment. I feel strongly that Labor is almost equally responsible for the terrible situation with asylum seekers and should be held to account. They back the Coalition's policy ,if not 100%, then 99%. As long as there is bipartisan support for this policy, nothing will change. The Coalition isn't going to alter its approach so it's up to Labor to give us a different perspective- something they steadfastly and fearfully refuse to do.
fiona Katauskas | 13 May 2016


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