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Malcolm Walker on Muldoon and the US navy, 1976 (1st of 6)

Malcolm Walker on Muldoon and the US navy, 1976

Robert Muldoon was prime minister from 1975 to 1984 and minister of finance from 1967 to 1972 and 1975 to 1984. His abrasive personality and distinctive physical features made him a cartoonist's dream. Malcolm Walker's 1976 cartoon portrays Muldoon as a wharfside sex worker, soliciting business from a sailor representing the US navy. The cartoon refers to Muldoon's encouragement of American naval visits to New Zealand. These visits eventually led to large-scale protests, spurring the growth of New Zealand's peace and anti-nuclear movements.

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Cartoon by Malcolm Walker

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Ian F. Grant, 'Cartooning - Cartooning from 1950 – a changing society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Ian F. Grant, published 22 Oct 2014