Captain Cook

Anti-racism protesters want the colonialist Encounters 2020/21 project to be ditched, reports Jim McIlroy.

Captain Cook has loomed large in the federal government’s 2018 budget. The government has allocated $48.7 million over four years to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Cook’s voyage to the South Pacific in 1770. The funding has been widely debated on social media as another fray in Australia’s culture wars, particularly in the context of $84 million in cuts to the ABC.

The Daily Telegraph exposed the latest example of political correctness gone mad by revealing in a March 30 that the University of New South Wales is teaching students that Australia was “invaded” by Britain and was not actually “discovered” by Captain James Cook.
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