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Political cartoon with "Moir" signature written in the lower right hand corner. Hand drawn in black ink and texta, shaded in pencil on areas, on cardboard. It depicts four figures slamming into a wall on an ice rink with the words 'Screeee!' following them, one figure skating past with a question mark above his head wears an "ALP" jumper, another figure skating behind the crashed group is dressed completely in black. A sign at the top right of the cartoon reads "LAP 1". Artist's notes on the reverse read: "19.3.02/ HOWARD, RUDDOCK & REITH/ DENY KNOWING NO CHILDREN (REFUGEE) / WERE THROWN OFF BOAT/ (?) G.G ALSO UNDER/ SCRUTINY FOR NOT DOING ENOUGH/ TO PROTECT CHILDREN AGAINST/SEX ABUSE WHILE HE WAS/ ARCHBISHOP OF BRISBANE".

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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