Zero gravity

Petrol prices, interest rates and energy bills seemed to escape the confines of gravity in 2022, steadily increasing cost-of-living pressures on Australian households. Among the things now soaring beyond reach for many was housing, which had become some of the least affordable in the world. 

Only days before the federal election, the Reserve Bank announced that interest rates would rise. In the eyes of some cartoonists this sealed Scott Morrison’s electoral fate. The rises didn’t end there, and as rates steadily increased they became characters in their own right in many cartoonists’ work.  

Meanwhile, as floods destroyed crops and overseas COVID lockdowns affected supply chains, an $11 iceberg lettuce became the universal symbol of the pressure on household finances.  

The Cost of Living Iceberg

Matt Golding, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,

Salad Days

Fiona Katauskas, The Echidna,

National Housing Emergency

David Pope, The Canberra Times,

Drilling for Debt

Peter Broelman, The Chronicle (Toowoomba),

Sharing the Pain

Alan Moir, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,


Fiona Katauskas, The Echidna,

Secure Accommodation

Christopher Downes, The Mercury (Hobart),

Cartoon Rates

Warren Brown, The Daily Telegraph (Sydney),


Brett Lethbridge, The Courier-Mail,

Yoga for Rising Interest Rates

Megan Herbert, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,

War is Hell

Brett Lethbridge, The Courier-Mail,

Summit Prep Continues

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,