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You have to be kind to be cruel...

2003.0034.0185

You have to be kind to be cruel...

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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 "YOU HAVE TO BE/ KIND TO BE/ CRUEL". The cartoon has four scenes and depicts Little Caesar and minister walking through the "WOOMERA/ HOLIDAY/ CAMP", the minister says to Little Caesar, "THAT BLOKE FROM THE U.N., GENERAL HYPERBOLE/ CLAIMS WE'RE MISTREATING/ OUR GUESTS..". The two claim that they have never heard any complaints, and in the final scene they enter a cell where three prisons hang upside down. The prisoners appear to be smiling however they in fact frowning. Artist's notes on the reverse read: "3.8.02".

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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