6 August 2016
The Bill Leak cartoon published in the Australian Newspaper in response to an earlier cartoon that prompted a national debate about freedom of speech and expression. Bill Leak's original cartoon showed an Aboriginal child being handed back by a police officer to an apparently drunk father who cannot remember his son's name. After widespread condemnation on social media, Leak hit back, describing his critics as "sanctimonious Tweety Birds having a tantrum". He then drew a second version of the cartoon, showing himself being handled by a black policeman to a man wearing a Twitter T-shirt and carrying a club and a noose. In this cartoon Bill Leak depicted himself.