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Political cartoon with "Moir" signature written in the bottom right corner of the drawing. Hand drawn in black ink and pencil on graphic art board. The cartoon depicts a soldier speaking, from an armoured tank bearing the Australian flag, to his fellow soldiers on the ground. His speech bubble reads "OK MEN, TAKE FIVE... / .. IT'S A COMMERCIAL BREAK..". On the reverse, the artist has written: "50 / MAY 2003 / AUST INVADES IRAQ / AS PART OF COALITION WITH 'EMBEDDED' MEDIA".

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.

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