Fantasy Island

In the six months from December 2011 to June 2012 more than 300 people drowned trying to reach Australia. Andrew Dyson’s captionless illustration contains only four elements: sky, water, boat and life ring, and yet they summarise the complexities of the debate about border protection and irregular maritime arrivals.

Reading between the lines

Cartoonists can make impossible things happen. What is impossible in this cartoon? What do you think the people on the boat are trying to do?

Some cartoons don’t use words to convey meaning and rely on the viewer knowing about the issue. What do you think this cartoon by Andrew Dyson is saying?