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Good ole Aussie humour


'Good ole Aussie humour', by Fiona Katauskas. Two young boys sit around telling racist jokes to a young Aboriginal boy then get defensive when he gets upset

Fiona KatauskasFiona Katauskas' work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, New Matilda, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.

Topic tags: fiona katauskas, Eureka Street, Mabo, Adam Goodes, ape, Eddie McGuire, racism



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Fiona, unless they understand you to be deploying irony here, some of aboriginal heritage could be quite offended by this cartoon and its language. Just as some didn't grasp the ironic intent behind Maguire's remarks and heard them as racist, whereas, like you here, he was actually attempting to attack racism.

HH | 04 June 2013  

And not only those of aboriginal heritage, HH. I certainly do not regard this cartoon as an attempt at irony and am surprised and saddened that it is in Eureka Street.

Anne Chang | 05 June 2013  

Excellent cartoon, Fiona! Cutting to the chase as usual. Pity some people don't get it (the racism and the cartoon!)

Brucelaidlaw | 05 June 2013  

Onya, Fiona! You can see the tension build in the Aboriginal after each thoughtless jibe. You chose to have him leave the scene in frustration, but left them none the wiser. In real life, if he had reacted to the overwhelming prejudice, then the spotlight of condemnation would have fallen on him, the Aboriginal. And that's a sad 'joke'. Well done, Fiona.

Bob GROVES | 05 June 2013  

Ignation spirituality has the heart informing the mind, as to what is true. The malais of our age is that our minds are in control; too often our hearts don't get a look in. McGuire has been on the stage for so long. How could he be so maligned when he has such an impeccable record of giving? The record reveals that he has a big heart, that gives. It also reveals that his heart stands up to be counted; he is brave. He, like most fine minds with heart, understands and uses irony as a way to gently inform others that another point of view is at large. Those of us purely in a head space, or unable to access the voice record, can easily mistake irony for it's opposite intention. Then, of course, there are those with an agenda, that will cut and paste as they choose, to create a new point of view. Our new world of mass market media does this on a regular basis, as there's more money on the "make news" vs the "report news" table. I thank God for the internet and social media, as it provides opportunity for balance.

MoJoCo | 06 June 2013