Larry Pickering, four-time winner of Walkley, a controversial cartoonist and alleged crook, died at the age of 86.
Pickering became best known for his cartoons of naked politicians who ran to Australia in the 1970s and 80s before leaving the media to breed racehorses, grow tomatoes and play sports.
In the early 2000s, Pickering returned to public opinion after he was involved in a series of dubious companies involved in horse racing and sports betting, which led to him being twice represented in the “Last Nine Case”.
In 2011, he resumed his career in his career from the Pickering Post website, which included right-wing anti-Muslim themes and outright hatred for then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
When he was engaged in the last years of his battle with lung cancer, Pickering became more vocal in his extreme views, telling about the Islamophobic society Q. Last year, “let's be honest, I can’t tolerate Muslims” before adding: “They are not all bad, they clog the pads of buildings. ”
Former News Corp commissioner Paul Zanetti expressed his respect in social networks, saying: “My close friend, the legendary cartoonist Larry Pickering died peacefully last night in the company of his family.
“No other cartoonist used such a wide network in the political landscape.
"Condolences to the Pickering Family."
Zanetti also wrote an obituary on the Pickering Post website, stating: “His memory will live in his legacy of work and in this blog.
“Larry's desire was that The Pickering Post remains a voice for people who have nowhere to go – an online community. At a time when other platforms are subject to censorship and imaginary opinions, Larry’s blog has become more important than ever. ”