Political cartoons are a ubiquitous form of satire which assists the public to interpret political life (Townsend,McDonald and Edsers)
Each year the National Museum in Canberra holds a cartooning competition for senior primary and junior and senior secondary students from all over Australia entitled Drawing the Lines
You can take a look at the 2010 winners here
You can see from the cartoons that the students, despite their youth, are intelligent enough to have managed to grasp the use of irony and satire behind political cartoons. Even the younger entrants, it seems, can perceive, understand and utilise exaggeration and hyperbole, the tools of political satire, for comic effect.
It’s a shame the bogots cannot
Take a look at how a group of asylum-seeker haters “interprets” the cartoons, blinkers firmly jammed on their heads.
As well as trying to twist the cartoon’s message to suit their own agenda, they manage to get in digs at the PM and “teh_lefties”.
Take a look in the mirror Ass-seekers (as one of our own wags named this miserable collection of paranoids) and see your real enemy.
Margaret Richards has totally missed the irony in the title of the cartoon while her crony the admin babbles on bizarrely about “socialist indoctrination”.
And we are pretty sure the creator of the cartoon, who’d be 14 or 15, would not be too flattered to be described as a “babe” by some mentally challenged old racist – in either sense of the word.
A pity the haters can’t even leave a worthy site like the NMA educational displays alone.