Oh Leunig, not again.
In case you were in any doubt that Michael Leunig is an “anti-vaxxer”.
This morning, The Age newspaper has published yet another cartoon from our formerly favourite, duck-loving cartoonist, which appears to be taking an anti-vaccination stance.
Invoking Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, Leunig appears to question the Victorian state government’s strong pro-immunisation message.
In an expansion of their “no jab, no play”, children will need to be fully vaccinated to attend childcare or kindergarten as of January 1 next year.
It’s not the first time Leunig has published an anti-vaccination cartoon.
Earlier this year, The Age printed this cartoon:
It seems the newspaper’s readers weren’t too impressed either, with many taking to social media to voice their frustrations.
Science communicator and vaccination advocate Jo Alabster, among them:
It would take a great deal for Leunig to convince me that he understands vaccination and isn’t anti-vax. pic.twitter.com/6C5WQ6sUVS
— Jo Alabaster (@joalabaster) August 18, 2015
Speaking to Mamamia, Alabaster said she believed the cartoon to be “highly problematic”.
“It sends the community a message of fear and mistrust, based on ideas that simply aren’t truthful. Science gives us the knowledge that vaccines are the safest and most effective way we can protect our children against vaccine preventable diseases.”