Not just funny: cartoons and politics

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Join us for a panel discussion with cartoonists and experts to discuss the history of political cartooning. 

Learn about the practice of political cartoons and their historical connections. See what has changed in political cartooning over the last 100 years, and how cartoonists communicate political issues and observe political discourse.


Meet the panel: 

Antony Funnell

Antony is a Walkley award-winning broadcaster and journalist. He has presented the weekly Future Tense series/podcast on ABC Radio National since 2009. Prior to that he fronted Media Report. He is the author of the political satire So Far, So Good. He has worked for many of the country’s leading news and current affairs programmes, including AM, PM, The 7.30 Report, Background Briefing, Big Ideas and Radio National Breakfast.

Lorann Downer

Lorann Downer is an expert in political marketing and communication. Her PhD looked at the global trend towards branding in politics and analysed the political brand strategies of the Australian Labor Party from 2007 to 2010. Since then, she has lectured in Queensland politics at The University of Queensland and has helped lead the University's involvement with the Vote Compass-Queensland project. Her first book, Political Branding Strategies: Campaigning and Governing in Australian Politics, was published in 2016.

Fiona Katauskas

Fiona Katauskas is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Sydney. Her work has appeared in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, Eureka Street and New Matilda as well as on cards for the Ink Group and t-shirts for Mambo. Fiona’s political cartoons pop up regularly in Scribe’s annual Best Australian Political Cartoons collection and the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Behind the Lines exhibitions.

Michael Evans

Michael Evans leads the Exhibitions, Research and Learning team at MoAD at Old Parliament House. For the last twelve years Michael has participated in the transition of Old Parliament House, Canberra into the Museum of Australian Democracy, and for the last seven years has been executive producer of the annual Behind The Lines exhibition.

Sean Leahy

Sean Leahy is a political cartoonist for The Courier-Mail and writes and draws the comic strip Beyond the Black Stump. He was previously a cartoonist for The Sunday Mail, Sunday Sun and The Daily Sun, as well as Perth’s Sunday Times and The West Australian. In 2000, Leahy was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to undertake research into cartooning overseas.


This event is free and bookings are essential.

Presented as part of the Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2018 program.

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