ItemOne Who Didn't Get Away: Bruce Petty Goes to London(Lythrum Press, 2006) Phiddian, Robert Andrew ItemPolitical Cartoonists and the Law(Network Books, 2008) Phiddian, Robert Andrew; Handsley, ElizabethPolitical cartoonists feel various forces for ‘censorship’ on and in their work. Often these are informal pressures that are based on moral or commercial interests, or the amorphous notion of ‘good taste’.1 This chapter seeks to focus on the formal legal pressures on cartoonists. We suspect that cartoonists fear (and are led to fear by cautious editorial staff) more legal sanction than is likely to be the case, and that ‘legalling’ of cartoons before publication is often a cover for other sensitivities. But we first need to look at the state of the law. ItemIntroduction: Controversial Images(Network Books, 2008) Phiddian, Robert Andrew; Manning, Haydon RichardThere appears to be a growing sensitivity to cartoons’ potential impact in public debate, and so it is a good time to ask what the role of cartoons is in Australian politics, policy and media. This collection brings together cartoonists, media professionals and researchers all, in their different ways, fascinated by the contribution cartoons make to our public life. The range of backgrounds of the contributors has led to a rich range of writing styles and approaches; as editors, we have not sought to impose a uniform method on the chapters, but have especially encouraged the cartoonists and media professionals to write from their experience rather than in an imitation of academic style. ItemAustralian Cartoonists' Caricatures of Women Politicians - From Kirner to Stott-Despoja(Network Books, 2008) Manning, Haydon RichardIn June 1999, the Labor Party’s deputy leader, Jenny Macklin, argued that cartoons such as the following two of Meg Lees were offensive and demeaning to women politicians because they reflect the cartoonists’ limited and unimaginative view of senior women in politics. For Macklin, women politicians are stereotyped as housewives, or objects for male sexual gratification, rather than depicted as ‘the politician that is the woman’.1 These claims are worth examining and are done so here in relation to cartoonists’ caricatures of some senior women politicians, in particular former Democrat leaders Meg Lees, Cheryl Kernot and Natasha Stott- Despoja; former Victorian Premier, Joan Kirner and the phenomenon that was Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.