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Political cartoon with "Moir" signature written in the lower right hand corner. Hand drawn in black ink and texta shaded black in areas, on paper. It depicts five gnomes with hates that read "ASIO", two push a full cart, while three head back into the mine called "PARANOIA MINE" two carry picks and one a shovel and bucket. The speech bubbles have musical notes inside them and they say: "HEY HO/ HEY HO/ IT'S OFF TO/ WORK WE GO...". Artist's notes on the reverse read: "FEB / 2002/ AFTER MANY QUIET YEARS/ FOLLOWING THE END OF THIS COLD WAR, / SEPT 11 RE-ACTIVATES ASIO". The artist has crossed out some wording in this phrase.

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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