The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said today he was appalled by a racist cartoon published in today’s edition of the Australian newspaper.
Minister Scullion said the publication of Bill Leak’s cartoon today was particularly tasteless, given it was National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, a day to celebrate and show our support for Indigenous children throughout Australia.
“Although Australian cartoonists have a rich tradition of irreverent satire, there is absolutely no place for depicting racist stereotypes,” Minister Scullion said.
“I am heartened that various voices from across the political and social spectrum have come out and strongly condemned the cartoon.
“I would urge the Australian to be more aware of the impact cartoons like the one published today can have on Indigenous communities.
“Mr Leak may also wish to reflect on BeyondBlue’s campaign, No one should be made to feel crap just for being who they are, that is highlighting the impact of various forms of racism on the mental health of our First Australians.”