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Weapons Inspector

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Physical description

A pen and ink colour cartoon showing two men in uniform with red berets, with the framed text below that reads 'IRAQ APPROVES WEAPONS INSPECTORS'. One man is holding a telephone to his ear and has a speech bubble that reads 'SEND ANYONE YOU LIKE, / AS LONG AS IT'S BOB BROWN.' A man in the foreground has his hands crossed and teeth showing. The artist's signature is in the top right corner.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises 154 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the Museum's 2002 National Political Humour Competition. There are 45 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Cathy Wilcox, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward O'Neill.

The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 2002. Major topics addressed within the collection include the asylum seekers (including the Tampa controversy), Cheryl Kernot's autobiography, the split within the Australian Democrats, the Australian Labor Party's attempts to reposition itself within the electorate, the Bali bombing and the possibility of war in Iraq. 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 a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2002 and demonstrate the quality of Australian cartooning and illustration.

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