The Cane Toad Times. On show 5 November 2011 - 25 March 2012. Poking fun in a police state
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What now?

"Back in the early '80s, Queensland was not the racy, pulsing cultural hub that it is today (?!?) so we had to make our own fun."
− Stephen Stockwell, writer and academic.

From the beginning, Cane Toad Times was about Queensland. For many contributors, it was a reason to stay in Queensland to invent a local culture, to seize available technologies, to create something original and lasting.

So what happened? Just as new technologies made it cheaper and easier to publish, Cane Toad Times stopped. The orange crystals of life just ebbed away.

The election of the Goss Government in 1989 changed the game. Electoral boundaries were redistributed, the police force was reined in, street marches were legal again and somewhere along the way, the impetus was lost.

Contributors got day jobs. Many succeeded as professional writers and artists. Many became leading academics. A couple are even judges. Everyone moved on.

Despite this, there is still a crying need for Queensland publications that are eccentric, irreverent and funny right now. It could be a Twitter feed, Facebook page, blog, webzine, iPad app, or it could be a magazine that is still fondly remembered in 35 years' time.

Over to you…