Hansard in cartoons

Hansard has been the subject of a number of cartoons over the years. Here are a few that speak volumes about the work we do.

Hubbard, Jim.  Lange retires from Parliament. Office of the Clerk collection. Print inscribed by David Lange 1996. Enlarge image

Hubbard, Jim. Lange retires from Parliament. Print inscribed by David Lange 1996.

Source: Jim Hubbard, cartoonist, snpa.co.nz

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.’  

A Hansard cartoon by Louise Hely depicting a woman hanging by her arms in chains in a prison. The caption for the cartoon is The typist who typed the "tight" hon gentleman. Enlarge image

The typist who typed the "tight" hon gentleman.

Source: Louise Hely Hansard cartoons, Parliamentary Service collection

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.


  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A political cartoon by Eric Heath depicting some cattle with spinning heads after having consumed some Hansard Volumes. The text in the cartoon says "Farming News: A mixture of ground up newspapers, magazines and molasses go to make up a roughage diet for cattle". A farmer on horseback asks two other farmers "Who was the clot who put those copies of Hansard in the mix?" Enlarge image

"Who was the clot who put those copies of Hansard in the mix?"

Source: Eric Heath, cartoonist

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.