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March 26, 2013


Missed It: Aussie Cartoonist Booted From Upper House

Here's a story I missed about something I didn't know. So apparently in Australia the Upper House of their legislature establishes rule through their president for the way media access for work. One of those rules is that you're not allowed to depict politicians unless they're standing up, which I take to mean that they're doing official business or on the record -- or something similar, the important point being the distinction made, not the nature of the distinction. At any rate, a cartoonist violated that and was asked to leave. Perhaps the truly astonishing part of the story is that a cartoonist was doing this sort of work in the first place, which I take as a reflection of Australia's rich editorial cartooning culture and a corresponding value placed on having someone in the position to cover legislative activities with drawings on paper.
 
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