Racist cartoon causes hurt and humiliation

4 August, 2016

4 August 2016

Racist cartoon causes hurt and humiliation

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) will lodge a complaint to the Australian Press Council urging action against a racist cartoon in today's edition of The Australian.

NSW Aboriginal Land Council Chair Roy Ah-See said Bill Leak's cartoon - based on the Royal Commission into the shocking mistreatment of children in the Northern Territory juvenile justice system - insulted and denigrated Aboriginal people.

"Sadly, racism and discrimination is a fact of life for Aboriginal people who have lived on and cared for this country for more than 60,000 years.

"The hurt and humiliation that victims of racism experience is real and has a terrible toll on the health and well-being of Aboriginal people.

"The Land Rights network in New South Wales works hard to ensure Aboriginal people are proud of their identity and culture.

"Bill Leak's cartoon is ugly, insulting and it is embarrassing for Australia's national newspaper to publish it.

"It is time the decision-makers at The Australian accept personal responsibility for the hurt they have caused Aboriginal people today."

Media contact: Andrew Williams 0429 585 291


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.