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12
Jun
14

Michael Leunig. ‘The weary gentleman’ 2014

 

Michael Leunig. 'The weary gentleman' 2014

 

Michael Leunig
The weary gentleman
Saturday April 26, 2014
in The Age newspaper

 

 

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25
Apr
14

Michael Leunig. ‘Meditation on two photographs’ 2014

 

Michael Leunig. 'Meditation on two photographs' 2014

 

Michael Leunig
Meditation on two photographs
Friday April 25, 2014
in The Age newspaper

 

 

Spot on as always, Michael Leunig. You never fail to hit the mark.

The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, sitting in the cockpit of a replica Joint Strike Fighter (Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II) aircraft, having committed the Australian government to spend $AUD12.4 billion to purchase 58 aircraft from America, plus another $AUD12 billion for ongoing support and maintenance. All at a time when the government is raising the pension age to 70 years old, cracking down on disability pensions, forcing people to start paying to go to the doctors, cutting health, education and support for pensioners.

Defence Minister David Johnston defended the billions in spending – less than a month before Treasurer Joe Hockey delivers a budget with expected cuts to health and welfare, while Labour opposition leader Bill Shorten backed the purchase, saying the previous Labor government believed the Joint Strike Fighter was the “right way to go”. Both Liberal and Labour parties are as bad as each other. They put boys toys before the welfare of their people – of the under privileged, the vulnerable and the needy.

Look at the inane smile of this man, like the Cheshire cat with the cream, with his thumbs up.

What will they do next… start dropping bombs on refugee boats for practice. That would certainly turn the boats back.

Now I know why they call it the cock / pit. Now I know why I make anti-war images using aircraft!

Marcus

 

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31
Dec
12

Everyone’s New Year’s resolution 2012

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Vintage Leunig

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Artist Michael Leunig spot on as ever!

Have a happy New Year and a wonderful 2013

Marcus

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11
Sep
11

Michael Leunig. ‘Commemoration’ 2011

 

 

Michael Leunig
Commemoration
2011

 

 

“It begins with ideas. Something like September 11 demands a narrative to explain it. But narratives are tricky, and frequently self-serving. They can obscure as much as they explain. And so it was. For Western political elites, September 11 quickly became a story about our own virtue. You will be familiar with the lines: it was an attack on the very idea of freedom; we were attacked, not for anything we did, but for nothing more than who we are; because we’re – in President George Bush’s phrase “the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.” The consequences of this are profound. If the attack has nothing to do with us, then there is nothing to be done in response except bomb the problem out of existence. It cannot be managed, contained, or in any other way ameliorated.”

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Waleed Aly writing in The Sunday Age newspaper, September 11, 2011, p. 13

 

 

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11
Dec
09

Michael Leunig, President Obama and the “just war” (God with us)

 

Michael Leunig. 'Carbon Footprints, War Footprints' December 2009

 

Michael Leunig
Carbon Footprints, War Footprints
in The Age Newspaper, Friday 11th December 2009

 

 

“Still, we are at war, and I’m responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill, and some will be killed. And so I come here with an acute sense of the costs of armed conflict  – filled with difficult questions about the relationship between war and peace, and our effort to replace one with the other…

The concept of a “just war” emerged, suggesting that war is justified only when certain conditions were met: if it is waged as a last resort or in self-defense; if the force used is proportional; and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence.

Of course, we know that for most of history, this concept of “just war” was rarely observed. The capacity of human beings to think up new ways to kill one another proved inexhaustible, as did our capacity to exempt from mercy those who look different or pray to a different God. Wars between armies gave way to wars between nations – total wars in which the distinction between combatant and civilian became blurred. In the span of 30 years, such carnage would twice engulf this continent. And while it’s hard to conceive of a cause more just than the defeat of the Third Reich and the Axis powers, World War II was a conflict in which the total number of civilians who died exceeded the number of soldiers who perished…

We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth: We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes. There will be times when nations – acting individually or in concert – will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified.

I make this statement mindful of what Martin Luther King Jr. said in this same ceremony years ago: “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” As someone who stands here as a direct consequence of Dr. King’s life work, I am living testimony to the moral force of non-violence. I know there’s nothing weak – nothing passive – nothing naïve – in the creed and lives of Gandhi and King.

But as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation, I cannot be guided by their examples alone. I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world…

I raise this point, I begin with this point because in many countries there is a deep ambivalence about military action today, no matter what the cause. And at times, this is joined by a reflexive suspicion of America, the world’s sole military superpower.

But the world must remember that it was not simply international institutions – not just treaties and declarations – that brought stability to a post-World War II world. Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this: The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms…

So yes, the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace. And yet this truth must coexist with another – that no matter how justified, war promises human tragedy. The soldier’s courage and sacrifice is full of glory, expressing devotion to country, to cause, to comrades in arms. But war itself is never glorious, and we must never trumpet it as such.”

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Part of the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech by President Barack Obama

 

 

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24
Feb
09

Michael Leunig. ‘What is This Life?’ 2009

 

What a wonderful invocation of life, to life!

 

Michael Leunig. 'What is This Life?'

 

Michael Leunig
What is This Life?
2009

 

 

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13
Nov
08

Michael Leunig. ‘The 3 A.M. WAKE UP’ 2008

 

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The 3 A.M. WAKE UP by Australian artist and cartoonist Michael Leunig. 2008

My favourite cartoon in the world!

 

 

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