Does This Leunig Cartoon Support Anti-Vaxxers?

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.

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.

Michael Leunig / leunig.com.au

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.

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.

Joe Raedle / Getty Images

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.

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.

In the cartoon, a doctor attacks a mother for having doubts about vaccinating her child, who responds by telling him to “stick your needle up your intellect!”

Michael Leunig / Twitter: @matttburke


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