Suncorp removes ad’s from placement next to ‘racist’ Bill Leak cartoon

Suncorp Bank has removed advertising from the same page as Bill Leak’s controversial cartoon published in News Corp’s national broadsheet The Australian earlier this week.

Bill Leak CartoonThe Bill Leak cartoon, which has received multiple complaints to the Press Council, showed a policeman bringing back an indigenous juvenile to his father and telling him: “you’ll have to sit down and talk to your son about personal responsibility”.

The father responds: “Yeah righto, what’s his name then?”

In response to consumer complaints on social media the bank yesterday responded on Twitter saying: “This is being looked into. We definitely do not support the cartoon in yesterday’s issue.

Suncorp tweet“We are now working with our media placement agencies to remove our advertising from this content.”

The Australian has defended the publication of the cartoon with its editor in chief Paul Whittaker arguing Leak’s cartoons “force people to examine the core issues in a way that sometimes reporting and analysis can fail to do”.

He also said that too often people “skirt around the root causes and tough issues” arguing in the wake of the Royal Commission into the activities at the Don Dale juvenile centre it was also necessary to look at how the problems of youth crime in the Northern Territory arose.

Leak also took aim at his critics on Twitter portraying himself as the victim of “tantrum throwing” and “sanctimonious Tweety Birds”.

cartoon2-468x304The Press Council will now investigate if the newspaper breached the guidelines on racial reporting and the depiction of the racial groups.

*An earlier version of this story said Suncorp was withdrawing its advertising from The Australian 


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