'Don't forget the jam!' cartoon by Reg Lynch, the Sydney Morning Herald, 2008


This is a cartoon by Reg Lynch which shows two pensioners discussing the news of a coalition plan to increase the pension by $30 a week. One says, 'Just think of all those extra baked beans!', to which the other replies, 'And jam! Don't forget the jam!'

Educational value

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.

Reg Lynch has been a cartoonist, illustrator, designer, lecturer and a curator since 1982. His work has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Independent Monthly, the Bulletin and the Age.

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