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Cartoon titled 'Baby Malcolm', by Paul Newman, 2007

2008.0033.0030

Cartoon titled 'Baby Malcolm', by Paul Newman, 2007

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Physical description

An ink, watercolour and white pencil on paper political cartoon by Paul Newman. The image features Malcolm Turnbull in a bassinet on a blue background. He is depicted wearing a nappy and is holding a rattle. It is signed, 'Newman', in the bottom (proper) left corner and the bottom margin features the title reading, 'D/T GEN LAYOUT TUES 27th NOV '07'.

Statement of significance

The Behind the Lines 2008 collection consists of 35 political cartoons collected for Behind the Lines 2008 political cartooning exhibition. There are 47 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Cathy Wilcox, Jon Kudelka, David Rowe, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward O'Neill.

The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 2008. Major topics addressed within the collection include issues such as Kevin Rudd's first year as Prime Minister of Australia, National Sorry day, The Liberal party leadership showdown between Brendan Nelson and Malcolm Turnbull, the climate change debate and the word financial crisis. Taken together the collection provides a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2008 and demonstrates the quality of Australian political cartooning and illustration.

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