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Infant Democracy a Fragile Hope

1999.0038.0071

Infant Democracy a Fragile Hope

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Physical description

Depicts, anticlockwise from bottom right: woman throwing baby marked 'Democracy' in air while being shot by soldier; woman suckling baby; graduation; people reading newspapers; protesting; figures throwing bombs; General Wiranto holding glove puppet of Indonesian President Habibie; soldiers; soldier singing; drunk soldiers. Cartoonist's mark in bottom left corner. Board marked at bottom: 'Infant democracy a fragile hope' 'Sept 16 1999'

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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