In response to Bill Leak’s cartoon published in The Australian today, CEO of Reconciliation Australia, Justin Mohamed, said:

“The appalling cartoon we have seen from Mr. Leak today speaks to the racism, discrimination and denial of history that still mars the nation, and the relationship between First Australians and non-Indigenous Australians.

“A cartoon of this nature is unacceptable in today’s Australia, but it is particularly disappointing to see it on National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. Children’s Day is a time to share pride in our nation’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and support these children and their families to stand tall and strong.

“We call on all Australians to show zero tolerance towards the disgraceful denial of history, deep-rooted racism and thoughtless acceptance of hurtful stereotypes on display from Mr. Leak today. As a nation, we are better than this.”

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