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February 27, 2017

Bill Leak Could Have Asserted His Complaint-Filed-Against Cartoon Was Done In Good Faith, But Didn’t

There's an interesting coda here to last year's story about a cartoon by Bill Leak being accused of racial discrimination under Australian's human rights laws. The complaint was dropped in November.

Essentially, Leak was contacted with the chance to put on an affirmative defense. He would have been able to state that the cartoon was done in good faith in that it was designed to drive conversation on an important public issue. For whatever reason, Leak declined to pursue the charge's dismissal that way. That's fascinating in the individual case that no action was taken, but also more generally that this is a way to get out of such a charge. As the article notes, folks are hoping to reform that part of the law.
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