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The Bargain ... a Mention in the Preamble


The Bargain ... a Mention in the Preamble

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Exhibition: Bringing the House Down 1999 Entrant.

Physical description

Depicts group of Aboriginal people and two white men in 18th-century naval uniforms, on beach. Rowboat and ship in background. Caption -- white man: 'Hi. How would you like to / exchange this entire country / of yours for a couple of bags / of sugar, a carton of beer / and a mention in the preamble?'. Signed 'Wilcox' in bottom right corner. Paper marked below cartoon: 'Letters Page Cartoon - ATTN JOHN WATSON - for 23.3.99.'.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of 134 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum's 1999 Political Humour Competition.

The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 1999. Major topics addressed within the collection include the Goods and Services tax, the Sydney Olympics, the 'cash comment controversy' on talkback radio, the defeat of Jeff Kennett in the Victorian election, Republic referendum, the independence struggle in East Timor, racism, Aboriginal land rights and Australia's international relations. There are a number of illustrations and caricatures of notable political figures including John Howard, Peter Costello, Jeff Kennett and Peter Reith. The collection features works from all of Australia's major metropolitan newspapers. Taken together the collection provides a wonderful archive of the best of Australian political cartooning in 1999.

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