One of Australia's most popular cartoonist's has sparked more controversy after his latest newspaper piece linked a state vaccination program to fascism.
Michael Leunig, whose beloved drawings make excellent calendars and gifts, was taking a forceful jab at the Victorian government's proposals to mandate vaccination for children before entering primary school.
His cartoon drew immediate condemnation for encouraging parents not to vaccinate their children, with people pointing out that state programs have eradicated diseases.
Even one of his cartoonist colleagues had a dig at his expense.
Of course it's not the first time Leunig has courted backlash for an anti-vaccination cartoon. Back in April he published a variation on the theme in The Age.
"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," read a statement.
Then Leunig's son, Sunny, contacted BuzzFeed News on Twitter.
Sunny, who is a performer, said "having a father in public life was much easier when pathos, teapots and ducks were the subject matter."
"I'm not antivax," he said.
"My tweet (to you) was a personal observation about what happens when the twitterverse #hates, #despises your father. You feel like letting off a sigh and heading for the hills. It can be disappointing."
"Teapots and ducks are never going to trend very well."
Leunig certainly knows how to restart the hot vaccination debate in Australia. One of his opponent's suggested a poignant alternative next time.
Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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