'Ruddspeak' cartoon by Lindsay Foyle, the Australian, 2009


This is a cartoon by Lindsay Foyle which shows a man and a woman on a couch in front of a flat-screen television. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is on the television. A large speech balloon issues from the television with densely packed with words. Both the man and the woman are asleep.

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.

Lindsay Foyle is a freelance cartoonist whose work has appeared in the Australian, the Bulletin, Australian Business and the Daily Telegraph.

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