When former Prime Minister David Lange resigned from Parliament, cartoonist Jim Hubbard captured the moment. His image shows Mr Lange bursting out of a copy of Hansard. Mr Lange later gave a signed copy of the cartoon to the Hansard Office, with a special inscription: ‘Thanks for 19 years of accuracy.’
Earlier, cartoonist Louise Hely, whose mother was a Hansard staffer, captured the unique character of Hansard work in those days—especially the long hours and the demand for accuracy. One of her cartoons shows a worker suspended by the wrists in prison for the awful error of spelling a word wrong.
Other cartoons hint at the sometimes perplexing nature of debates in the House. Eric Heath showed cows being fed ground-up Hansards, following a trend in farming for feeding ground-up papers and molasses to cattle. The unfortunate cows in Eric Heath’s cartoon look delirious and drunk from their ‘meal’ of Hansard reports.