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What's the goss?

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Physical description

Political cartoon in the Little Caesar series, with "ALAN MOIR" written in the top left hand corner under the title scroll. Hand drawn in black ink and shaded in sections, drawn on paper. Below the scroll is the drawing of a knights helmet and a pair of scissors cutting hair that sticks out the top. The cartoon has seven scenes and depicts a man wearing the knights helmet washing and cutting Little Caesar's hair. He asks Little Caesar "WHAT'S /THE GOSS?", to which Little Caesar begins to list the achievements of his time in power, the helmeted figure then asks Howard his plans for retirement and the future to which Little Caesar replies "NAAAH../ NOW I CAN REALLY /ENJOY THE JOB". In the final scene the helmeted figure removes his helmet to reveal his identity as Peter Costello, he then asks Little Caesar if he would like a "SHAVE?", to which he runs his finger along to tip of a pointy dagger. Artist's notes on the reverse read: "31.08.02".

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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