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Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons (2003) was developed and presented by the National Museum of Australia. It was originally on show at the National Museum in Canberra from May to June 2004.  The exhibition also toured nationally.

The Year's Best Cartoons

Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons brings together a selection of the best works entered in the National Museum of Australia's 2003 Political Cartooning Competition.

This competition, thanks to the generosity of Australia's cartoonists, has continued to grow. In this, the seventh year of the competition, we received 316 entries from 66 artists — the most entries ever received. More than half of these works have been donated to the Museum and are helping to build a wonderful visual archive of Australian history.

One hundred and five entries have been selected for display and are reproduced on this website. As you flick through these cartoons you will be reminded of the major events and personalities of the year in politics. Taken together they are proof that Australia's great tradition of cartooning and illustration continues unabated.


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

About the artists

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

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