'Resurrection?' cartoon by Warren Brown, the Daily Telegraph, 2007

Description

This is a cartoon by Warren Brown showing Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd, along with undertakers, carrying the coffin of Prime Minister John Howard. One of the coffin's nails pops out, as though Howard is about to be resurrected.

Educational value

With Labor the hot favourite in the 2007 election, Howard pointed to the 1993 election as an example of what is always possible. On that occasion Paul Keating won the unwinnable election in similar circumstances. John Howard once described himself as 'Lazarus with a triple bypass' for rising from the dead to reclaim the Liberal leadership.

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.

Warren Brown is the editorial cartoonist for the Daily Telegraph.

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