'Hope 2000k' cartoon by Peter Nicholson, the Australian, 2007


This is a cartoon by Peter Nicholson about the prospects for Indigenous Australians living in remote communities. These prospects are symbolised by a road sign showing how far away they are in terms of distance. The furthest away are government, career, hope, longevity, jobs and education; the nearest is a wet canteen to access alcohol.

Educational value

In August 2007 the Australian Government, citing rising levels of child sex abuse, drug and alcohol addiction and domestic violence, launched an 'emergency intervention' in some Northern Terrotory Indigenous communities. Parliament passed controversial legislation that assumed a five-year lease over Indigenous settlements in order to provide additional welfare, health and schooling services.

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.

Peter Nicholson is an editorial cartoonist for the Australian. He also produces political animations and was the creator of the Rubbery Figures television series.

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