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The year 2010 has been one of the most surprising, unpredictable and turbulent in Australian politics. It has provided political cartoonists with a plethora of opportunities.

Behind the Lines 2010: The Year's Best Cartoons was a touring exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia in association with the Museum of Australian Democracy. It was on show at the Northern Territory Library, Darwin in 2011.

  • The Hon Kevin Rudd MP: Minister for Foreign Affairs, former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Penny Wong MP: former Minister for Climate Change and Water
  • Tony Abbott MP: Leader of the Opposition
  • The Hon Wayne Swan MP: Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, former Treasurer of the Australian Government
  • The Hon Julia Gillard MP: Prime Minister of Australia, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
  • The Hon Joe Hockey MP: Shadow Treasurer, Australia
  • Dr Ken Henry AC: Secretary to the Treasury
  • The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP: former Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Australia
  • Kristina Keneally MP: New South Wales Premier
  • Anna Bligh MP: Premier of Queensland
  • The Hon Lindsay Tanner MP: Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Australia
  • Kerry O'Brien, journalist
  • Therese Rein: wife of Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Paul Keating: former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Bob Hawke AC: former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Kim Beazley AC: former Australian Labor Party Leader
  • The Hon Simon Crean MP: former Australian Labor Party Leader
  • Graham Richardson: former politician for the Australian Labor Party
  • Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
  • John Howard AC: former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Janette Howard: wife of John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia
  • George W Bush: former President of the United States of America
  • The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP: former Leader of the Opposition, Australia
  • Senator the Hon Dr Bob Brown: Leader of the Greens
  • Senator the Hon Barnaby Joyce
  • Pauline Hanson: former Leader of One Nation Party
  • The Hon Bob Katter MP: Independent
  • Mark Latham: former Leader of the Australian Labor Party
  • The Hon Adam Bandt MP
  • The Hon Rob Oakeshott MP: Independent
  • The Hon Tony Windsor MP: Independent
  • The Hon Stephen Conroy MP: Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
  • Senator the Hon John Faulkner: Minister for Defence, Australia

Explore more of the exhibition

Introduction to 2010 cartoons

A reflection on 2010 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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