Lifetime Achievement Award

Bruce Petty
The Age

Bruce Petty's cartoons have been described as “doodle-bombs” .... as the victory dance of a fly escaped from the ink pot. As journalist Martin Flanagan once observed, Bruce Petty “re-invented the world as a vast scribbly machine with interlocking cogs and levers that connected people in wholly logical but unlikely ways.”

For the best part of half a century, not only has Bruce’s pen irreverently depicted society and politics, he’s also helped to define Australian political life.

In the video below, which was shown at the 2009 Quill Awards Dinner, Late Night Live host Phillip Adams, and fellow cartoonists Bill Leak and John Spooner pay tribute to Bruce Petty.

Below is Bruce Petty's Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech.