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Statues under threat: Capt Cook monuments be torn down?

The Captain Cook statue has stood in Hyde Park for 126 years.
The Captain Cook statue has stood in Hyde Park for 126 years.

PROPOSALS to alter or remove Sydney monuments to Captain Cook and Arthur Phillip have been likened to the worst extremes of rewriting history by Taliban or in Stalinist Russia.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has not ruled out the removal of the statue of Captain Cook in Hyde Park because it says the explorer "discovered this territory" in 1770.

But the politically correct push to remove or alter monuments honouring our colonial heritage have been condemned by Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Borsak as "Taliban-like" and derided by Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine, who likened the trend to a "Stalinist approach" to create a "false history".

"What's going to be next? Are they going to tear down the Anzac memorials in every municipal park in Australia?" Mr Borsak said.

The debate began when indigenous ABC journalist Stan Grant attacked the inscription on the memorial to Captain Cook in Hyde Park stating that the British explorer "discovered this territory".

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