The complaint against Aussie cartoonist Bill Leak, who penned the above cartoon, has been dropped.
A young woman who alleged that she suffered racial hatred because of a provocative Bill Leak cartoon in The Australian has withdrawn her complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Commission president Gillian Triggs’s delegate, Jodie Ball, wrote to The Australian’s lawyers last night to advise that Melissa Dinnison had told the AHRC yesterday that she “did not want to continue with her complaint”.
“Therefore, Miss Dinnison’s complaint has been finalised … and the file is now closed,” Ms Ball said.
Ms Dinnison, who until recently lived in Perth, made an online complaint to the commission in August claiming she had “experienced racial hatred” and been “discriminated against because of my race” as a result of the cartoon.
Attempts to contact her have been unsuccessful and she is believed to have moved to Germany to live. She said recently she was terrified to return to Australia because of racism. Read more »