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Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Cartoons 2009 challenges the viewer to reflect on some of the major controversies of the last 12 months.

Behind the Lines 2009 was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 8 December 2009 to 31 January 2010 and the State Library of Queensland from 11 December 2010 to 3 April 2011.

  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP: Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Australia
  • The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Professor Mick Dodson AM: Australian of the Year 2009
  • Peter Costello: Former Treasurer of the Australian Government
  • Senator the Hon John Faulkner, Minister for Defence, Australia
  • Senator Steve Fielding MP: Leader of the Family First Party, Australia
  • The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP: Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Australia
  • The Hon. Julia Gillard MP: Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Minister for Education, Employment, Workplace Relations, Education and Social Inclusion
  • The Hon Joe Hockey MP: Shadow Treasurer, Australia
  • Hu Jintao: President of the People’s Republic of China
  • The Hon Jenny Macklin MP: Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Australia
  • President Barack Obama: President of the United States of America
  • The Hon Nicola Roxon MP, Minister for Health and Ageing, Australia
  • The Hon Kevin Rudd MP: Prime Minister of Australia
  • The Hon Wayne Swan MP: Treasurer of the Australian Government
  • Glenn Stevens: Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
  • The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP: Leader of the Opposition, Australia
  • The Hon Lindsay Tanner MP: Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Australia
  • Nicolas Sarkozy: President of France
  • Solomon Trujillo: Former Chief Executive Officer of Telstra Australia
  • Senator Nick Xenophon: Independent Senator for South Australia
  • Senator the Hon Penny Wong: Minister for Climate Change and Water, Australia

Explore more of the exhibition

Introduction to 2009 cartoons

A reflection on 2009 as seen through the cartoons included in Behind the Lines.

About the artists

Read brief biographies of the artists whose work features in the exhibition.​

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