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Cartoon titled 'Don't mention the war'.


Cartoon titled 'Don't mention the war'.

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Physical description

A black and white line drawing cartoon entitled 'Don't mention the war'. The cartoon features John Howard in helmet, with medals on his shirt and holding a gun, seated next to Peter Costello behind a desk with barbed wire on it. In front of the desk are six arms extended holding microphones with various radio symbols on them. Above Mr Costello is a sign reading 'PRESS CONFERENCE' and a speech bubble from Mr Howard reads '...Don't mention the war! / ...I did it once, but I think / I got away with it!' The artist's signature is at the bottom left of the cartoon and there are annotations at the edge.

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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