Doyle, Martin, 1956- :First, they sold us down the river. Then they sold the river... 16 October 2012
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- Shows a New Zealand family escaping New Zealand on a raft to Australia. New Zealand on one side regards them as losers but is selling assets including the river and Australia on the other side is selling itself and bowing to the 'Church of the mighty dollar'. Context: Refers to the decision of the government to go ahead with the sale of Mighty River Power in the second quarter of 2013. The cartoon refers to NZ's new culture of greed, callous shedding of huge numbers of Kiwis to Australia, varying degrees of coping. It's also a reference to a dark phase in American history when people who were already slaves were forced into even worse circumstances. While not suggesting NZ can be compared to that time, there is nevertheless a strong sense of sections of our community going through a bleak era while others are laughing (economically speaking). There's a grim sense of 'nothing would surprise me now'. (Context notes by cartoonist) Quantity: 1 digital cartoon(s).
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