Bill Shorten wants to "update" CAPT Cook statues and plaques because "Our history didn't start when Cook sailed here"
Bill Shorten's jumped on the rename the statues, change the plaques bandwagon.
Here's one they'll have problems knocking over.
Update inaccurate statue plaques, says Bill Shorten
Bill Shorten has backed calls for an extra plaque to be placed on the statue of Captain James Cook in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
“Our history didn’t start when Captain Cook sailed into sight of Australia in 1770,” he said.
Mr Shorten said he was proud of Australia’s Aboriginal history.
“(But) I am not proud of the way they have been treated since 1770 and I think we need to close the gap. But this nation doesn’t need to have an us and them debate between Aboriginal Australians and other Australians,” he said.
“For the people who want to have that argument, they do this country a disservice.
“Let’s own our history, the good and the bad and the ugly. Let’s own the fact that we are a very lucky country and have done very well but First Australians haven’t shared the success that many other Australians have enjoyed. I just think it is about being honest with ourselves.”
‘The plaques are inaccurate’
Opposition human services spokeswoman Linda Burney, the first indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives, said the inscriptions on the historical Sydney statues were wrong.
She attacked Malcolm Turnbull for likening calls to change the inscriptions to a Stalinist rewrite of history.
“But the plaques are inaccurate. They are historically inaccurate and I would argue strongly that the plaques need updating to tell the truth. And that’s all we are talking about here.
“(I’m) not sure why there is such excitement around the fact that we are a nation that is moving towards being much better at telling the truth. And part of that truth is certainly not that Captain Cook discovered Australia.”
She also encouraged local councils to investigate other statues or plaques which contain historical inaccuracies.
“I think that it would be useful for local councils in particular, to have a look around their local area, to see whether or not those historical inaccuracies are perpetrated anywhere else,” Ms Burney said.
“I think that it would be useful for local councils in particular, to have a look around their local area, to see whether or not those historical inaccuracies are perpetrated anywhere else.”
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said this morning that there should be a conversation about changing the inscription on the Captain Cook statue.
“I think it is an important discussion that we should have, should not our history reflect our 21st century perspective in terms of inscriptions?” Mayor Moore told ABC radio.
“I think that's a conversation the community should have and I think any action taken about statues in Hyde Park would be the result of very considered consultation between city government and state government.”