'Planet Brendan' cartoon by Bill Leak, the Australian, 2008

Description

This is a cartoon by Bill Leak which shows Brendon Nelson as George from the cartoon show 'The Jetsons'. Nelson is flying a spaceship and says, 'There's no such thing as inflation and petrol's always sixpence a gallon.'

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.

Bill Leak is a caricaturist, cartoonist and illustrator for the Australian.

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