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'The Bali Ten and Eleven' cartoon by Matt Golding, the Age, 2006


This is a red-and-white wash cartoon by Matt Golding that comments on the case of the 'Bali nine', who are nine Australians arrested for heroin smuggling in Bali in April 2005. It shows two people crouched in a Melbourne alleyway, one illuminated in white about to inject heroin, the other assisting. A caption, 'The Bali ten & eleven', appears in white above them. Further information is available for this resource.

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Matt Golding is a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne. He draws political and gag cartoons on a weekly basis for the Melbourne Times and the Melbourne Weekly Magazine.

On 17 April 2005 a group of nine Australian citizens (known as the 'Bali nine') were arrested in Denpasar on the island of Bali, Indonesia, while planning to smuggle 8.3 kg of heroin valued at approximately $4 million from Indonesia to Australia. The Bali nine are Andrew Chan, Si Yi Chen, Michael Czugaj, Renae Lawrence, Tach Duc Thanh Nguyen, Matthew Norman, Scott Rush, Martin Stephens and Myuran Sukumaran. All were aged between 18 and 28 at the time of their arrests and in late 2008 their fate of life sentences or the death penalty was still undecided.

Political cartoons have a long history in Australia and remain one of the most popular forms of political commentary. Though caricatures and satirical illustrations appeared in some of Australia's earliest newspapers, it was not until the 1830s that they became a frequent and respectable feature of the print media. Publications such as the Melbourne Punch, the Sydney Punch and the Bulletin featured both caricatures and cartoons, and it was through these publications that political cartoons became a popular element of the Australian press.

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