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FTA (Don't Blink!)

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Political cartoon, which depicts Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, and Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, in a 'stare-off'. Both men are straining and sweating profusely as they think to themselves "DON'T BLINK". They have an ink bottle on the table between them labelled "FTA", and Greens Party Senator, Bob Brown, is depicted as a fly buzzing around above it, between them. The following artist's note is written on the back: "Senate Greens consider Free Trade Agreement with U.S., they hold the balance, and will make or break depending which way they land".

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 176 original editorial cartoons drawn by Alan Moir. One of the cartoons were published in the Bulletin 1976 and 175 were published in the Sydney Morning Herald between 1984-2005.

This collection provides cross section of work from one of Australia's leading political cartoonists, Alan Moir. Moir is the editorial cartoonist for the Sydney Morning Herald and has also worked for The Bulletin and Courier Mail. The collection documents the twists and turns of Federal politics from 1980s till 2005. The prime ministerships of Hawke, Keating and Howard all reviewed through Moir's satirical gaze. Major issues covered include the economy, international relations, the introduction of the GST, corporate collapses, the election of Mark Latham as leader of the Labor Party and the second Gulf War.

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