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Bill Leak



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SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QC

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATE

MEDIA RELEASE

BILL LEAK

I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn today of the death of Bill Leak.

He was a brilliant cartoonist, a highly accomplished portrait artist, and a great champion of freedom of speech.

He did what great political cartoonists must do, shining a light on hard issues in a way that was witty, penetrating, and brave. His humour was sharp but never cruel.

Bill came to see me only a short while ago to talk about our shared passion for advancing freedom of speech.

We have lost a great Australian.

I extend my sincere condolences to his family on this shocking event.

10 March 2017