'Further adventures of Brendan Nelson: Double Agent' cartoon by Andrew Weldon, Sunday Age, 2008

Description

This is a cartoon by Andrew Weldon featuring Brendan Nelson as a double agent for the Labor Party. Nelson is shown holding a secret meeting with former Labor Party Prime Ministers Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and Gough Whitlam.

Educational value

Brendan Nelson's rapid ascent to the leadership of the Liberal Party was undermined by falling opinion polls. Despite the outward show of support from many party colleagues, a leadership showdown with an ambitious Malcolm Turnbull was inevitable. After a hasty party room ballot instigated by Nelson in September, Turnbull emerged as the new leader of the party.

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.

Andrew Weldon's cartoons have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Australian, the Bulletin, the Big Issue, Might, Good Weekend, and GQ.

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