'Sorry bandaid' cartoon by Matt Davidson, the Sunday Age, 2007

Description

This is a cartoon by Matthew Davidson which shows Prime Minister Kevin Rudd holding a fraying Aboriginal flag in one hand and a bandaid in the other.

Educational value

Kevin Rudd's first act of parliament as the Prime Minister of Australia was to say 'sorry' to the Stolen Generations of Australia. For some cartoonists it was a historic event while others chose to portray it as a token gesture.

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.

Matthew Davidson has been an artist and illustrator for 15 years.

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