Recent Submissions

  • Political Cartoonists and the Law 

    Phiddian, Robert Andrew; Handsley, Elizabeth (Network Books, 2008)
    Political 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 ...
  • Defining parody and satire: Australian copyright law and its new exception 

    Condren, Conal; Phiddian, Robert Andrew; Davis, Jessica Milner; McCausland, Sally (2008)
    The new exceptions to the Copyright Act in ss 41A and 103AA, providing protection of re-use for ‘the purpose of parody or satire’ seem clearly intended to provide protection for both parody and satire, not merely some ...
  • Defining parody and satire: Australian copyright law and its new exception: Part 2 - Advancing ordinary definitions 

    Condren, Conal; Davis, Jessica Milner; McCausland, Sally; Phiddian, Robert Andrew (2008)
    In Part 1 of ‘Defining Parody and Satire’ we sought to show that, for the purposes of the new exception to infringement of the Copyright Act in ss 41A and 103AA (the ‘new exception’), it is unsafe to construe parody and ...
  • Introduction: Controversial Images 

    Phiddian, Robert Andrew; Manning, Haydon Richard (Network Books, 2008)
    There 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 ...
  • In defence of the political cartoonists' licence to mock 

    Phiddian, Robert Andrew; Manning, Haydon Richard (2004)
    In a previous issue of The Drawing Board: An Australian Review of Public Affairs, Michael Hogan discussed the role of political cartooning in Australia. Hogan argued that we ought to be concerned about how cartoons erode ...
  • The Life of a Long-Distance Satirist: How to Write a Book about Bruce Petty. [abstract]. 

    Phiddian, Robert Andrew (2006)
    In this paper, Robert Phiddian explores four pragmatic issues involved in writing a biography of Australian cartoonist and illustrator, Bruce Petty. When your subject has published at least weekly and often daily since ...
  • Petty Notions, Grand Designs 

    Phiddian, Robert Andrew (Victoria University of Technology, 2004)
    A survey of the life and work of Australian political cartoonist and animator, Bruce Petty, from birth to mid-career (early 1976): In this piece, I focus on Petty’s early years, until the major seachange in his and ...
  • Was it merely Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee? Political Satire in the 1996 Australian Federal Election 

    Phiddian, Robert Andrew (University of Melbourne, 1998)
    This paper focuses primarily on the cartoonists operating in major daily newspapers rather than on the periodical and electronic media. The thing that most obviously needs to be explained in a survey of political satire ...