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Cartoon titled 'Spin Doctor'


Cartoon titled 'Spin Doctor'

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Physical description

A colour cartoon on paper featuring a group of people seated in a waiting room at a medical clinic. A woman is pointing at a tv displaying an image of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with the caption 'HEALTH REFORM'. A caption box above reads " WE'VE BEEN HERE FOR SIXTEEN HOURS / & ALL WE'VE SEEN IS ONE SPIN DOCTOR...". A skeleton is seated at the bottom right. The artist's signature is written in the bottom right corner. There is handwritten text in pencil on the back of the cartoon.

Statement of significance

The 'Behind the Lines 2009' collection consists of 29 political cartoons collected for the 2009 Behind the Lines exhibition and 63 reproduction works printed from digital media supplied by the artists. These works were originally published in major city newspapers as well as regional and online publications. Forty-six different contemporary artists are represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Cathy Wilcox, Jon Kudelka, David Rowe, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward O'Neill.

This collection has cultural significance to Australia by further documenting political cartooning as an important part of Australia's political culture and preserving a record of several landmark events in Australian political history. Some of Australia's most prominent contemporary cartoonists covered a range of issues including the advancement of the Rudd government, the health and education reform, the global economic recession, the Black Saturday bushfires and the controversy over 'ute-gate'. Australia's economic relationship with China and speculation over an Emissions Trading Scheme was also subject to scrutiny. The increasingly public leadership tension between coalition members which saw Tony Abbott emerge as the new leader of the Liberal Party also provided fodder for artists' pens.

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