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Letting Slip the Dogs of War...


Letting Slip the Dogs of War...

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Physical description

Political cartoon with "Moir" signature written in the bottom right hand corner. Hand drawn in black ink and texta, drawn on to paper. The cartoon depicts a one eyed John Howard dressed in military garb, pulling on a chain attached to a dogs collar, the dog wears an Australian flag as a coat. The dog does not budge. Artist's notes on the reverse read: "2003/ AUST NOT KEEN TO/ JOIN IRAQ WAR WITHOUT/ U.N. APPROVAL".

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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