The Pickering Post
Wednesday, 22nd August 2018

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Paul Zanetti

Paul Zanetti

Paul Zanetti is a Walkley award winning syndicated cartoonist with over 30 years in the media. He blogs at www.zanettisview.com

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SCHOOL BILLS - WHO PAYS?

Julia Gillard makes a lot of grand statements she, or we, can't afford to fund. Again today she committed $6.5 billion spending to education reforms. She wants the States to pay 70% of the bill. The problem here is (a) the States know nothing about it (b) the States can't afford it because most States are still grappling with State Labor debts in the billions of dollars. Like Rudd, she doesn't consult yet makes bold announcements with no detail. She justified getting rid of Rudd for this very reason.



Social Media Trolls

Social media has come under attack because of a minority of idiots, known in social media terms as the ‘trolls’. We will always have idiots. Don’t blame social media because it‘s misused or abused. Should we ban kitchen knives because they may not be used for their intended purpose? Ropes? Cars? Planes? Tall buildings? Bridges?. If your feelings are hurt by what’s being said on social media sites, don’t feed it oxygen by responding. Ban, delete, report, or cancel your account. The regulators and the mainstream media are now using trolls as their next excuse to ban free speech. This is about personal responsibility, not regulation.



Shooting The Messengers

There's been a lot of crowing and elbowing to centre stage over the Gillard-Wilson affair this past week.



Should Julia Be Treated Differently Because She Is The PM?

In 30+ years of cartooning, I've never seen a politician, let alone a Prime Minister, react to cartoons and / or questions in such a way that he (or she) would resort to personal abuse and denigration of the satirist at a press conference. She lost it.


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