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Physical description

Political cartoon with "Moir" signature in the lower right hand corner. Hand drawn in black ink and texta on graphic art board, the cartoon depicts Bob Hawke at the stern of a ship that Paul Keating is steering. Simon Crean, the then President of the ACTU is rowing a small boat towards them. Bob Hawke is saying: "COME ON UP AND ENJOY THE TRIP." Artist's notes on the reverse reads: "1988 / Crean, Head of / ACTU is invited to / take Parliamentary seat."

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 220 original editorial cartoons drawn by Alan Moir and published in the Sydney Morning Herald from 1986-2003. 58 of the cartoons are from Moir's popular series entitled "Little Caesar" which is published in the Saturday edition of the paper.

This collection provides an overview of the work of one of Australia's leading political cartoonists, Alan Moir. Moir is the editorial cartoonist for the Sydney Morning Herald and has also worked for The Bulletin and Courier Mail. The collection documents the twists and turns of Federal politics from 1986 to 2003. The prime ministerships of Hawke, Keating and Howard all reviewed through Moir's satirical gaze. Major issues covered include the economy, international relations, the introduction of the GST, corporate collapses, the Bali bombing and the second Gulf War.

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