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Sand in the Face

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Physical description

Black and white cartoon depicting a man with shirt marked 'RURAL / VIC' throwing sand in air with shovel. In foreground, Jeff Kennett ducks with one hand over head. Caption -- Kennett thought-bubble: '!!*@?%! HELL'. Signed 'PRYOR / 20-9-99' in top left corner. Board stamped on back with diamond-shape mark for 'BAINBRIDGE BOARD'.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of 134 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum's 1999 Political Humour Competition.

The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 1999. Major topics addressed within the collection include the Goods and Services tax, the Sydney Olympics, the 'cash comment controversy' on talkback radio, the defeat of Jeff Kennett in the Victorian election, Republic referendum, the independence struggle in East Timor, racism, Aboriginal land rights and Australia's international relations. There are a number of illustrations and caricatures of notable political figures including John Howard, Peter Costello, Jeff Kennett and Peter Reith. The collection features works from all of Australia's major metropolitan newspapers. Taken together the collection provides a wonderful archive of the best of Australian political cartooning in 1999.

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