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Defence Secretary Sacked


Defence Secretary Sacked

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Exhibtion: Bringing the House Down 1999 Entrant.

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Depicts man in combat uniform, helmet marked 'MOORE', looking through binoculars; John Howard, also in combat uniform; small animal in bottom right corner. Sign on left: 'DEFENCE / SECRETARY / SACKED.' Captions -- first man: 'WITH ANY LUCK / HE'LL GO QUIETLY!'; Howard: 'ISN'T THAT / WHAT THEY SAID / ABOUT THE COLLINS / CLASS SUBS?'; animal: 'A / SINKING / FEELING?'. Signed in top left corner. Cartoon on paper glued to 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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