'Oh sugar' cartoon by Andrew Dyson, the Age, 2007


This is a cartoon by Andrew Dyson featuring Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd as an Anglican priest. As he approaches two construction workers, one says, 'Oh, sugar' instead of a more common swear word.

Educational value

The elevation of Kevin Rudd to the Labor leadership in 2006 saw cartoonists portraying him as both sinner and saint. His initial dream run in the polls favoured the saintly metaphor. However his visit to a New York strip club revealed a different side of his personality to the Australian public.

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, the Bulletin featured both caricatures and cartoons, and it was through these publications that political cartoons became a popular element of the Australian press.

Andrew Dyson is both a cartoonist and columnist for the Melbourne Age and the Sunday Age.

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