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Wanted badly

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Physical description

A black and white hand drawn cartoon showing George Bush standing next to a chalk board easel, and in front of a poster of Saddam Hussein. Mr Bush wears a cowboy style shirt and lace. The easel has the text 'The Options / To Boldly Go / To Go Boldly / To Badly Go / To Go Badly'. The poster on the wall has the text 'WANTED / BADLY / The Baddest Man in the World, except...' above and below the image of Mr Hussein. On the floor next to Mr Bush is a can with the text 'BAGHDAD / SUPER' on it. The artist's signature is at the bottom left of the cartoon. There are publication details and specifications below the cartoon.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises 154 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the Museum's 2002 National Political Humour Competition. There are 45 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Cathy Wilcox, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward O'Neill.

The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 2002. Major topics addressed within the collection include the asylum seekers (including the Tampa controversy), Cheryl Kernot's autobiography, the split within the Australian Democrats, the Australian Labor Party's attempts to reposition itself within the electorate, the Bali bombing and the possibility of war in Iraq. There are examples from all major metropolitan newspapers as well as material from regional publications. There are traditional black and white editorial and pocket cartoons as well as colour illustrations and caricatures. Taken together the collection provides a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2002 and demonstrate the quality of Australian cartooning and illustration.

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