A licence to mock: A response

Michael Hogan, University of Sydney

ABSTRACT

There are virtually no cartoons that are not negative. Although cartoonists are not primarily responsible for the bad image of politicians, the author encourages them to think about their craft and not to take a ‘licence to mock’ to be a licence to abuse.

Michael Hogan <m.hogan@econ.usyd.edu.au> retired from teaching in the Department of Government, University of Sydney in 1997. Since then he has been an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Economics and Political Science in the same University. In recent years his interests have been State politics in New South Wales and local politics. His most recent book is Local Labor: A History of the Labor Party in Glebe 1891–2003 (Federation Press, 2004).

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