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Political Cartoonists at their best are the Conscience of our Culture.  Like the Kings’ Jesters of old, they could say things that others couldn’t and they kept the King grounded with their TELLING OF THE TRUTH.
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Dear Friends of the Australian Cartoon Museum Inc.

Political Cartoonists at their best are the Conscience of our Culture.  Like the Kings’ Jesters of old, they could say things that others couldn’t and they kept the King grounded with their TELLING OF THE TRUTH.

Bill Leak has always been admired for his Draughtsmanship, and because he goes for the political jugular.  He’s fearless and he constantly goes the extra mile with his Political Cartoons.  He follows the rules of satire to the very letter.  Satire is double-edged and it’s not just supposed to entertain us, but change our ways, our thinking and our opinions in how we see things.

Bill’s latest cartoon controversy started hundreds of Aboriginal children putting up photos of their fathers on Facebook and saying what great blokes they were.   Satire at its’ best is a powerful tool which can cut deep into our Conscience, and that’s exactly what Bill Leak sets out to do.

Satire is double-edged and it's not just supposed to entertain us, but change our ways, our thinking and our opinions in how we see things.
The real issue around this latest controversy is FREEDOM TO DRAW HIS OPINIONS, not whether Bill is racist or not.  Whatever you think of Bill’s Opinions one way or the other, the principal of the Cartoonist having freedom to Draw his Visual Comments should be Sacrosanct!   Bill has always fought his own battles, but a Cartoonist being taken to the Human Rights Commission is Unprecedented!


During the Charlie Hebdo killings, Cartoonists all over Australia rose to the occasion and smothered our newspapers with their protesting cartoons.  Bill drew a cartoon of Mohammed and received serious death threats to him and his family.  Commonwealth Police suggested he shift, and now he’s living under the radar with Police protection ……. for a Cartoon! …… in Australia!!!


If you have ever loved a cartoon, and feel this issue is important, which I believe it is, draw a Cartoon about this issue and send it to THE AUSTRALIAN CARTOON MUSEUM and we’ll make a film (Cartoon Bite) of your cartoons or if you want to give Bill some support contact us
info@theaustraliancartoonmuseum.com.au
 
But whatever you do THE FREEDOM FOR CARTOONISTS TO DRAW is now AT STAKE!!!
 
Jim Bridges,
President
The Australian Cartoon Museum Inc.
jim@cartoonmuse.com       
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