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Gulag Baxter

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Partly coloured political cartoon, which depicts an Australian refugee internment camp named "GULAG BAXTER", with Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation, Amanda Vanstone, as a large cockatoo(?) standing behind a lecturn holding a press conference. She is holding a document titled "RAU / CASE", and is saying "I'M CERTAIN / THERE ARE NO / OTHER CASES...". There is a tin labelled "WHITEWASH" in front of her, and a gaggle of uniformed camp guards and doctors are bumbling around blindly behind her with canes.

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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