In Focus: 10 years of (not) Closing the Gap

This year Behind the Lines includes a new section that looks at how a significant issue has been portrayed over time. Year after year, one event in particular has generated some of the most impactful cartoons: the government’s annual release of the Closing the Gap Report. The following cartoons have been selected by Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist, who has reported extensively on the lack of meaningful progress detailed in these reports.

The Gap

Cathy Wilcox, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,

The Gap

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,

Closing the Gap - the Theory, the Practice

John Ditchburn, The Courier (Ballarat),

The Ignorance Gap

Fiona Katauskas, Eureka Street,

The Road to Reconcilation

Cathy Wilcox, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,

Extreme Social Distancing

Andrew Weldon, The Big Issue,