Campaign cartoons: no more man of steel

Haydon Manning, Robert Phiddian

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This article tracks the waning of John Howard's authority as leader during the Australian federal election campaign of 2007 by focusing on the political cartoons in major newspapers. Political cartoons as analysed in this piece provide two interlinked things of interest to political analysts: (1) a clear account of the ebb and flow of election campaigns; and (2) a good gauge of political 'strength' of individuals as it is projected in the media. The story they tell for the 2007 campaign in Australia is of a tired government led by a once-strong leader who came to look faintly ridiculous in the face of circumstances he could no longer control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalACH: the Journal of the History of Culture in Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Australian political history
  • election campaigns
  • John Howard
  • Kevin Rudd
  • political cartoons
  • satire


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