Federal old age pension

Claude Marquet, the leading leftwing cartoonist of his day, drew this cartoon for the Worker. It appeared in the year that Alfred Deakin’s Protectionist government, which held office with Labor support, introduced legislation for old age pensions. The cartoon pits the left’s classic villain, the Fat Man representing capitalism, against the tall, sturdy labourer representing a confident new Australia. Even today cartoonists search the political landscape for heroes and villains, with issues such as the carbon tax, asylum seekers and the live cattle trade providing rich pickings in 2011.