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Welcome to Geoff "Jeff" Hook's web site. Featuring a twice weekly cartoon, cartoon archives, book details, and other art work, there's plenty to see and you can order, or even commission, an original artwork of your own through the services page.

After over 40 years as an Australian cartoonist, Geoff has now "officially retired" from cartooning and is now devoting all his energies to his painting and sketching, so we will no longer be running current cartoons here on the web site. Don't go away though! We've years' worth of cartoons yet to be shown, so we'll be still running two cartoons a week and while they may not have been drawn yesterday, you will probably note that, perhaps, in the world of politics, not a lot has changed...

The next cartoon will be up on 25th May with more to follow!

Feature Galleries:

The Whitlam Government. A tribute to one of Australia's most remarkable Prime Ministers. Relive one of the most turbulent times in Australian democracy and a great period of joy for cartoonists! Wonder as years of conservative rule end, thrill as Parliament is first broadcast live on television, despair at the collapse of the Government's finances, and gasp as the Government is dismissed and loses at the polls. Don't miss the Whitlam gallery.
Views of Victoria and Tasmania. A further 27 paintings have been added to the realist art gallery, featuring works from some of Geoff's recent exhibitions. See the gallery here.
 

Australia refuses to help resettle refugees fleeing troubles in South-East Asia. A look back...


 
 

On the doorstep... - 27th June 1979

In 1977 the Liberal Government lead by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser had recognized 'a humanitarian commitment to admit refugees for resettlement' and formalised a policy document after criticism that it was failing to do enough for the refugee problem.

The development of this policy was timely as by 1979 there were well over 300,000 Vietnamese refugees in camps in South-East Asia. The first Vietnamese refugees came by boat in 1976 when 2000 people arrived in need of somewhere to settle after the Vietnam War. Numbers kept growing as refugees sort to leave the terrible conditions of camps in Asia. By the 1980's about 90,000 people had been resettled in Australia.

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