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An insightful exhibition of political cartoons from 2016
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.

Double Dissolution, Warren Brown, comic
By Warren Brown - Credit: Museum of Australian Democracy

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

Emperor Turnball by Cathy Wilcox
Emperor Turnbull by artist Cathy Wilcox - Credit: Museum of Australian Democracy

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.

Andrew Dyson, Museum of Australian Decomracy
By Andrew Dyson - Credit: Museum of Australian Democracy

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.

David Pope, cartoon, Museum of Australian Democracy
By David Pope - Credit: Museum of Australian Democracy

Behind the Lines 2016 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.

To make a day of it why don't you also have a look at other galleries in the Old Treasury Building such as the Wild Colonial Boys Exhibition or the other displays at the museum.
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Why? The be humoured by 2016's best political cartoons
When: 19 June to 25 August 2017 10am - 4pm Sunday to Friday (closed Saturdays)
Where: Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free
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