Robert Phiddian


Beyond bulldust, benchmarks and numbers: what matters in Australian culture

When did culture become a number? When did the books, paintings, poems, plays, songs, films, games, art installations, clothes, and all the myriad objects that fill our lives and which we consider cultural, become a matter of statistical measurement?

Cartoonists go back to class

A new collection of cartoons reveals a struggle to find the comic essence of Malcolm Turnbull Our current prime minister (I write on 2 June, in the third millennium of the election campaign) is the subject of two unauthorised biographies, one of them by the...

In defence of cartoonists' licence to mock

Should cartoonists restrain their satirical instincts to protect public confidence in politicians, parties, and democratic institutions? Or are their 'little incendiary bombs' a crucial form of political communication? Haydon Manning and Robert Phiddian argue that cartoonists should have free 'licence to mock'. Also available: a...