THE IRREPLACEABLE BILL...
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
He was a stickler for accuracy and his daily cartoon space will not be effectively filled by any contemporary cartoonist. The rebellious newspaper cartoonists have all gone with the greats of the past who adorned the pages of Smith’s Weekly and the old Bulletin. Current newspaper cartoonists are frightened of upsetting the few, but strive to placate the many in an environment of PC mania and Left lunacy. That's not real cartooning!
Bill Leak was never frightened to air what needed airing and The Australian backed his ballsy comments despite hailstorms of “offended” letters to the editor.
Bill was not only a cartoonist but an exquisite artist
Portrait of Sir Harold Knight by Bill Leak (1990, RBA Collection)
We now bury the last of the real cartoonists who stretched the envelope to breaking point and made the Yank and Pom cartoonists writhe in envy and The Australian editors reach for the Mylanta.
He was too politically incorrect for the ABC and Fairfax, but not for me. He was an artist you looked forward to seeing as a light among the predictable also rans who barely raised a smirk.
I’d like to think I could buy you another beer one day mate, but I suspect I will be shown the down elevator.