His Master’s Voice
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Noel Counihan
For a Clean Sweep in the New Year
Publication unknown, 1953, Museum of Australian Democracy Collection

This cartoon by socialist artist Noel Counihan reflects his commitment to free speech and his desire to sweep the Menzies government from power following its earlier attempt to ban the Communist Party of Australia. His drawing, depicting the front steps of Parliament House in 1953, shows a newborn Australian Labor Party/Communist Party unity party fighting the Menzies-led Liberal/Country Party coalition in the lead up to the forthcoming 1954 federal election.
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