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The return of the prodigal son

2003.0034.0162

The return of the prodigal son

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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, shaded with black pencil, drawn on to card board. The cartoon depicts a weeping figure standing on a pedestal with the label "ALP". The figure raises his arm towards a flying pig on the left hand side of the cartoon. Artist's notes on the reverse read: "MAY 2003/ BEASLEY SIGNALS/ TILT AT LEADERSHIP IN 'BULLETIN' STORY".

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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