Leadership loomed large as an issue for cartoonists in 2011. The Greens’ Bob Brown emerged as a powerful figure as his party assumed the balance of power in the Senate. The independents, Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Andrew Wilkie continued to play a prominent role in the Parliament. Queensland independent Bob Katter established the Australian Party. Treasurer Wayne Swan grabbed headlines when the finance and banking magazine Euromoney named him Finance Minister of the Year.

The Democratic Maids

Eric Löbbecke, The Australian,

Steve Family First

Matt Golding, The Age,

Bob Katter's Volcanic Hat

Matthew Martin, The Sydney Morning Herald,

Green Roller

John Tiedemann, The Daily Telegraph,


Jon Kudelka, The Australian,

Back in the Black

Mark Knight, Herald Sun,