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.