'The Great Firewall of China' cartoon by John Farmer, the Hobart Mercury, 2008


This is a cartoon by John Farmer which shows a child in the back-seat of a car asking his father a question. The child says, 'Dad ... why did they build the great wall of China?' The father replies, 'That ... that was during the time of the Olympics ... to keep out the journalists ... too many journalists ... in China.'

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.

John Farmer has worked as the political cartoonist at the Hobart Mercury and Sunday Tasmanian for over 10 years.

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