Disappointed to see this piece of amateur crap in the Post. Personally I believe the Andrew’s Government has delivered a consistently high standard of performance under highly demanding circumstances. You are welcome to your own opinion but never expected such a trite and juvenile offering. In case you have forgotten we have all been dealing with a pandemic, not a picnic. No response expected or required.
I find the cartoon by Natasha Williams-Novak 'Divide and Rule', offensive.
It is without artist merit as it is a simple cut and paste on a picture of Dan Andrew’s head onto a stock picture of a sculpture.
But the most disappointing thing is that you put it in. It is disappointing as you are always and (correctly) making sure that your publication does not divide the community. This cartoon is definitely divisive.
I cannot for the life of me, understand the message either. I can assume the ‘divide’ has something to do with vaccinated people versus unvaccinated people, but what is he conquering? It is not as though he is doing anything different from any other state premier in restricting people (assuming that is the issue) who are unvaccinated from certain activities and employment. Which, as someone who is vulnerable should I catch COVID, thankful for.
Placing the cartoon in the Bass Coast Post does not help getting people vaccinated. In fact, if someone is hesitant, seeing that cartoon will give them another reason not to get vaccinated.
I think you have made a poor choice in putting it in and you should think about removing it.
Peter, your comment opens up an interesting discussion. I probably wouldn't have published an anti-anti-vaxxer cartoon because it would feel like picking on a minority who already feel under siege. And perhaps that’s the point. While most of us are ready to move on with our lives, the unvaxxed and anti-vaxxers can’t. Naturally they are more obsessive about a subject that the rest of are sick of.
I must take issue with you about the artistic merit of the cartoon. Natasha’s collages are always slyly amusing. I like Dan’s expression and the unexpected tilt of the head, entirely at odds with the heroic body.
I don't think they are being picked on. The choice not to be vaccinated has consequences for disease control; those who refuse to be vaccinated are the ones creating the division, as is their anti science campaign. The divide and conquer rhetoric is just more of the conspiracy theory - what on earth would the point be. It is not helpful to promote their point of view, and it's of no purpose other than a tiny minority's gratification.