People Are Very Upset About This Leunig Cartoon
UPDATE: Prominent artist responds to criticisms of his cartoon.
People are really upset at Michael Leunig for a cartoon that featured in today's edition of The Age, that they say supports the anti-vaccination movement.
The cartoon is likely to be a response to the government recently taking a strong stand on anti-vaxxers, announcing their "no jab, no pay" policy for childcare welfare payments over the weekend.
Twitter user @mattburke pointed out that Leunig has a history of taking an anti-vax stance, with this cartoon appearing in The Age in 1997.
People on Twitter say Leunig's cartoon sets up an unfair dichotomy between medical science and a mother's love.
Other cartoonists have responded to the controversial cartoon. Along with Leunig, Cathy Wilcox is a resident artist for Fairfax.
Cartoonist Wes Mountain posted this parody of a Leunig drawing on Twitter.
Others say Leunig's cartoon could be interpreted as satirical, and that it instead targets the viciousness surrounding the vaccination debate.
Michael Leunig is in support of the right of individuals to conscientiously refuse vaccination for their children. This support does not necessarily indicate a position on vaccination per se, it is primarily a human rights issue that he addresses in his cartoons. Michael feels the punitive approach by the government to people of conscientious belief regarding this matter is coercive and unjust, and sets an appalling example to society about how those opposed might be universally regarded and treated.