Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Where our stories come alive

Collection Explorer

4

Cartoon

Object information

Physical description

Political cartoon with "Moir" signature written in the bottom right corner of the drawing. Hand drawn in black and red ink on paper. The cartoon depicts a profile view John Howard. Howard is holding papers which read "OPINION POLLS". Red arrows point to different points on Howard's body, they read "HEART", "HEARING", "BRAIN", "HAIR", "SIGHT", "SPEECH" and "CONSCIENCE" with an arrow pointing to the papers. On the reverse, the artist has written: "34 AUGUST 2001 / ELECTION CAMPAIGN OVER 'ILLEGAL' IMMIGRANTS".

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 84 original editorial cartoons drawn by Alan Moir. Two of the cartoons were published in the Bulletin 1974-75 and 82 were published in the Sydney Morning Herald between 1986-2004.

This collection provides cross section of work from 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 1974-75 to 2001-2004. 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 election of Mark Latham as leader of the Labor Party and the second Gulf War.

Object information

Back to top