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Cartoon titled 'True Federation'.


Cartoon titled 'True Federation'.

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Physical description

A black and white line drawing cartoon entitled 'True Federation'. It features a caricature of John Howard standing on a rocky promontory, with his hand raised and his mouth open. There are two men and a woman behind him, all holding small Australian flags on sticks. Below the Rock are crowds of people, and on the side of the rock is the text 'HAPPY / NEW / YEAR'. The speech bubble from Mr Howard says 'TRUE FEDERATION IS / NEVER HAVING TO SAY / YOU'RE SORRY...!' The artist's signature is in the bottom left corner, and a header and website address are at the top of the cartoon.

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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