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Cartoon depicting Gough Whitlam having painted himself into a corner


Cartoon depicting Gough Whitlam having painted himself into a corner

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Physical description

Political cartoon with "Moir" signature written in the centre of the drawing. Hand drawn in black ink and texta, shaded with black texta in areas, on cardboard. The cartoon depicts Gough Whitlam, standing in the corner of a room, holding a paint brush and a hand saw, with which, he is cutting a "LOOPHOLE". Whitlam has painted the floor, which has the phrases: "TAX CUTS PLEDGE / INCREASED / SPENDING PLEDGE / 8% INFLATION PROMISE / NO INDIRECT TAX / ETC ETC", written on it. On the base margin of the cardboard the artist has written: " P.14 MAY 25 BULLETIN (74) 50%". On the reverse, the artist has written: "1 DEC 1974 / AFTER RE-ELECTION (IN '74) / WHITLAM LOOKS FOR EXCUSES NOT / TO STAND BY PROMISES".

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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