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Cartoon titled 'Where Do You Want This?'


Cartoon titled 'Where Do You Want This?'

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Physical description

A black and white line drawing cartoon entitled 'Where Do You Want This?'. The cartoon features a caricature image of John Howard sitting at a desk, with a woman standing before him holding a book or file with the title 'Telstra / Privatisation'. A speech bubble linked to her reads 'Where do you want this?'. Mr Howard has two trays next to him, one of which is marked 'U-TURN' and has files or books with the titles 'FUEL /EXCISE', 'EQUITY / TAX' and 'BAS'. The name 'J ALLISON' is written in the lower right 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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