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Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons (2004) was developed and presented by the National Museum of Australia. It was originally on show at the National Museum in Canberra from March to June 2005. The exhibition also toured nationally.

Behind the Lines 2004: The Year’s Best Cartoons

The National Museum of Australia has a brief to exhibit and collect materials relating to Australian history. One of our strongest collecting areas is our extensive collection of political cartoons. The Museum has built this collection through its annual political cartooning competition. Now in its eighth year, this competition has generated a series of wonderful exhibitions and provided a lasting record of Australian politics over the last decade.

Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons brings together a selection of the best works entered in the 2004 competition. Thanks to the generosity of Australia's cartoonists, we have received 279 entries from 63 artists. More than half of these works have been donated to the Museum and will be added to our growing collection of political cartoons. Please enjoy the cartoons presented in Behind the Lines and take the opportunity to reflect on what has been another fascinating year in Australian politics.

Craddock Morton
National Museum of Australia

The exhibition

Leaders This collection of cartoons looks at some of our major political figures.
News of the day Explore how cartoonists responded to the main news stories of 2004.
War Discover how cartoonists criticised the war on Iraq which dominated the news.
Free Trade Agreement See how cartoonists raised questions about the benefits of the partnership.
Let the people decide Explore how the cartoonists covered the campaign trail of the 2004 election.
The day after Discover the cartoons published in the days after the election.
Tsunami Explore how cartoonists responded to this natural disaster.
Latham See the cartoon coverage of Mark Latham's political rise and fall.

Discover how a well executed cartoon can say more about our politics than hundreds of words of text.

Artists' biographies

Learn more about the artists whose political cartoons featured in the exhibition.

The Canberra season was proudly sponsored by Acumen Alliance


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