While banks at the royal commission admit to misleading conduct and corruption – permitted by a compliant regulator – they are protected by government as too big to fail.Successive governments’ greater fear is not the suffering of customers and corruption in the banks, it is of a gigantic collapse.
Cartoons by Jason Phu
This series of cartoons explores the intersection between art and politics. Jason Phu is a Sulman Prize-winning artist. His work explores tradition and profanity, crossing the mundane with the absurd. In this suite, he draws on Philip Guston's famous exploration of Nixon's presidency, the series Poor Richard, creating for Malcolm Turnbull a character of persistent haplessness. In Phu's hands, Turnbull is buffeted by the conventions of cartooning, trapped by Phu's impoverished line, unable to make sense or give sense. His travails are endless, dislocated, like scenes from a myth or a Chan Buddhist story or a Looney Tunes episode.
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