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Cartoon titled 'Illwill Games'.


Cartoon titled 'Illwill Games'.

Object information


This cartoon is in relation to the Tampa.

Physical description

A black and white line drawing cartoon entitled 'Illwill Games'. The cartoon features nine scenes relating to immigration. One scene at the bottom centre shows a caricature of John Howard throwing a ball with the label 'REFUGEES' on it at the head of a man with a shirt that reads 'NORWAY' while another person with a shirt labelled 'INDONESIA' has their hands up to catch the ball. The text below this scene is 'HARDBALL'. One of the other scenes shows a long queue of people lining up in front of a desk with the label 'IMMIGRATION / DEPARTMENT'. The artist's signature is at the bottom left corner and there are annotations at the side 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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