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Noble Jugula leads the Opposition


Noble Jugula leads the Opposition

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Physical description

Political cartoon in the Little Caesar series, with "ALAN MOIR" written in the top left hand corner under the title scroll. Hand drawn in black ink and shaded in sections, drawn on cardboard. Below the scroll is the paragraph "NOBLE JUGULAR/ LEADS THE/ OPPOSITION../ A SOMEWHAT DICEY/ PROPOSITION..". The cartoon has six scenes and depicts a Roman soldier playing an ALP drum. He marches along chanting "WE CAN'T HANDLE/ ANOTHER REFECTION/ WE NEED TO FIND/ A NEW DIRECTION". In the final scene he stands at the rear of a crowd and concludes by saying "AND I'LL / PROUDLY/ LEAD/ FROM/ THE /REAR..". Artist's notes on the reverse read: "22.06.02".

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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