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Cartoon titled 'Asylum Seeker'.

2001.0036.0137

Cartoon titled 'Asylum Seeker'.

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Physical description

A black and white hand drawn cartoon with a printed transparent plastic overlay, titled 'Asylum Seeker'. The cartoon shows a caricature of Philip Ruddock holding aeroplanes and standing in front of a map with boats on it. Behind him a man stands at an open door with Jesus seated behind him. A speech bubble from the man reads 'MINISTER...THERE'S A / MIDDLE-EASTERN DISSIDENT / FACING PERSECUTION IN / HIS HOMELAND / TO SEE YOU...' A speech bubble from Mr Ruddock reads 'GIVE HIM / TWO YEARS IN THE / WOOMERA LOCK-UP / THEN DEPORT THE / SCROUNGER!...' A Christmas tree in a pot is behind the door. The artist's signature is in the bottom left corner.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of 150 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum's 2001 National political Humour Competition. There are 41 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Geoff Pryor, Cathy Wilcox, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward O'Neil. The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 2001. Major topics addressed within the collection include the 2001 election, asylum seekers (including the Tampa controversy) and the war in Afghanistan. There are examples from all major metropolitan newspapers as well as material from regional publications. There are traditional black and white editorial and pocket cartoons as well as colour illustrations and caricatures. Taken together the collection provides an archive of Australian political events in 2001 and demonstrate the quality of Australian cartooning and illustration.

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