Controversial Information Corp cartoonist Johannes Leak has been awarded a $40,700 contract to color an official portrait of Tony Abbott.
In line with AusTender Johannes Leak Illustration Pty Ltd will obtain the cost from the division of parliamentary companies for a contract to run from February 2021 to July 2022. The fee was awarded by restricted tender.
A spokesperson for DPS informed Guardian Australian the contract pertains to a fee of “an official portrait for the historic memorials assortment” – which incorporates former prime ministers, governors common and different main parliamentarians.
Guardian Australia understands the fee pertains to a portrait of Abbott, however the spokesperson declined to remark.
“The topic of official portraits is formally introduced when the portrait is unveiled,” the DPS spokesperson mentioned.
“The method to supply official portraits entails the topic of the portrait choosing an artist. Their choice is then authorized by the Nationwide Portrait Gallery previous to the contract being awarded.”
Leak has courted controversy in cartoons for the Australian newspaper, most lately, for an August 2020 portrayal of Joe Biden referring to his vice chairman Kamala Harris as a “little brown woman”.
The Biden/Harris cartoon was broadly denounced, however the Australian stood by its cartoonist, with editor Christopher Dore responding to the controversy in a special editorial.
“The intention of Johannes’s commentary was to ridicule identification politics and demean racism, not perpetuate it,” Dore wrote.
“The Australian deplores racism in all its guises, as does Johannes.”
Johannes is the son of cartoonist and artist Invoice Leak, whose personal work in later years was additionally controversial. Leak senior painted the parliament’s portrait of Bob Hawke.
The senior Leak’s 2016 cartoon depicting a drunk Indigenous man who had forgotten his own child’s name, was referred to the Human Rights Fee, however the criticism was later withdrawn.
“Restricted tender” means the division immediately approached a number of potential suppliers with out an open name for all events to bid for the job.
Commonwealth procurement guidelines enable restricted tender for quite a few causes together with if there may be “no cheap various or substitute” as a result of the contract is “for artworks” from a specific individual or enterprise.
Nevertheless, the principles additionally require the exemption or restricted tender situation to be reported on AusTender. The Leak contract discover doesn’t state the inventive exemption as the rationale for the restricted tender.