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Peter, could you give us...

2003.0034.0122

Peter, could you give us...

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Physical description

Political cartoon with "Moir" signature written in the top right hand corner. Hand drawn in black ink and texta coloured with black texta in parts, drawn graphic art board. It depicts a door marked "TREASURER" opening inward, with three figures entering. One claims: "PETER, COULD YOU/ GIVE US A HAN../ NOW WHERE'S HE/ GOT TO?!". On the desk of the office, bottom left of the door, a pile of papers read "BUDGET", right of the door way is an open cupboard door, inside of which two open eyes can be seen. Artist's notes on the reverse read: "2002/ 'CHILDREN OVERBOARD'/ COSTELLO KEEPS HIS DISTANCE/ FROM CONTROVERSY".

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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