'Education revolution' cartoon by Matt Golding, Sunday Age, 2007


This is a cartoon by Matt Golding which shows Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Education Minister Julia Gillard playing on the monkey bars at school. There are only two bars and they are placed at an unrealistic distance apart. On one bar is written 'education and on the other bar 'revolution'.

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.

Matt Golding is a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne. Golding draws political and gag cartoons on a weekly basis for the Sunday Age, the Melbourne Times and the Melbourne Weekly Magazine.

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