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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.
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.
National Museum of Australia
The Canberra season was proudly sponsored by Acumen Alliance.