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For cartoonists, 2008 began with the spectacle of the Australia 2020 Summit and the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Other headlines included Rudd's education revolution, the Henson photography controversy and the Haneef inquiry.

On the political stage, the demise of the Australian Democrats and the troubles of the New South Wales Labor Party attracted attention. As the year continued, World Youth Day and the Beijing Olympics provided good source material for artists' pens.

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