'Dinner table' cartoon by Andrew Marlton (First Dog on the Moon), Crikey, 2008


This is a cartoon by Andrew Marlton (First Dog on the Moon) which shows a dog family having a discussion at the dinner table about the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The mother blames the father for causing everyone to die because he voted for Kevin Rudd's ETS rather than the one proposed by the Greens.

Educational value

The debate over the government's desire to establish an Emissions Trading Scheme dominated politics throughout the year. While the complexities of the legislation and technical nature of the debate confused many, cartoonists worked hard to reveal the motivations of politicians and the consequences of inaction on climate change.

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 Marlton is the man behind First Dog on the Moon. He is the editorial cartoonist for Crikey and has over 20 years experience in cartooning.

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