The Australian’s Bill Leak Publishes Follow-Up Cartoon After Yesterday’s ‘Racist’ Disaster

The Australian’s Bill Leak Publishes Follow-Up Cartoon After Yesterday’s ‘Racist’ Disaster

The Australian publicly defended contentious cartoonist Bill Leak after he yesterday published a cartoon that many have deemed “racist”, “garbage” and more, regarding issues around Indigenous youth in Northern Territory.

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The cartoon showed a police officer returning a young Aboriginal boy to his father, telling him to teach him about personal responsibility, with the father replying, “Yeah righto, what’s his name then?”

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Naturally, Twitter went into an absolute fit, slamming the cartoon as completely unacceptable, especially given yesterday was National Aboriginal Children’s Day. The NSW Aboriginal Land Council has also lodged a formal complaint with the Australian Press Council, demanding an apology.

But a new cartoon this morning was published by Leak. Here it is:

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The Australian defended Leak, with the News Corp paper’s editor-in-chief Paul Whittaker saying Leak “forces people to examine the core issues in a way that reporting and analysis can fail to do”, adding it was “proud of its long-standing and detailed contribution” to the discussion around Indigenous affairs.