Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Political Cartoons 2016
This exhibition features a broad selection of political cartoons from around Australia, providing an insight into a particularly dramatic year in Australian politics.
In 2016 a sense of destiny seemed to reshape the broad contours of the political landscape both in Australia and abroad. It was a double-dissolution year, the Olympics were on in Rio and there was a census. There had never been a more exciting time to be an Australian. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s calibrated actions shaped the final months of the 44th parliament and would decisively influence the makeup of the 45th. Whilst, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten positioned his team for a make-or-break showdown. Around the world, the United States was in for a polarising presidential election, while Britain pondered its future.
All three countries had a date with destiny. And with the many tumultuous events it was another rich year for our nations cartoonists, who continued our vibrant, fearless tradition of political cartooning. Each year these cartoons bring home to us that their voices are ours, capturing the spirit of our democracy in all its passion, scepticism and above all, humour.
Behind the Lines2016 is a travelling exhibition from the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, proudly supported by the National Collection Institutions Touring and Outreach program. An Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.
Image credit: David Pope Post election line-up, from the Canberra times 7 July 2016.