Robert Irwin Threatens Legal Action Against Pauline Hanson Cartoon

Robert Irwin, the son of the late wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin, has threatened to sue Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party for defamation over a cartoon they released, which depicts him discussing “the state of Queensland.”

The cartoon, part of Hanson’s ‘Please Explain’ series, satirically portrays Irwin and the popular cartoon character Bluey promoting a new tourism campaign for Queensland. The episode touches on various issues such as housing, youth crime, and health care.

Irwin’s legal team from FC Lawyers has issued a cease and desist letter to StepMates Studios, the production company behind the cartoon series. The letter alleges that the cartoon is defamatory and involves the “unauthorised and deceptive use of our client’s image.” It demands the immediate removal of the cartoon and prohibits the studio from using Mr. Irwin’s image without prior approval.

The legal notice also claims that the cartoon not only tarnished Mr. Irwin’s reputation but also misled the public, causing “significant harm to our client’s brand and image.”

In response, One Nation’s Chief of Staff, James Ashby, stated that they would oppose the letter and have enlisted the services of defamation expert Sue Chrysanthou SC.

The situation is ongoing, and further updates will be provided as they become available.

This is a developing story.

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