Bill Shorten’s move to add a separate indigenous plaque to Captain James Cook’s statue in Sydney’s Hyde Park has been likened to an extremist push to “trash” Australian values.
Scott Morrison, the member for the southern Sydney electorate named after the British explorer, yesterday accused the Opposition Leader of approving a “political correctness test” for public monuments, in a deepening of the political divide over Australia’s history.
Mr Shorten, who was backed yesterday by his deputy, Tanya Plibersek, the MP for Sydney, said Australian history did not start when Captain Cook reached the east coast of Australia in 1770, and argued against an “us and them” approach to indigenous affairs.
“An additional plaque on Captain Cook’s statue is fine by me,” Mr Shorten said.
The left’s identity politics rolls remorselessly on, delegitimizing white men and our society. With millions trained in our school system to think along the lines of white privilege (which grows out of the blank slate theory), this is not going to stop anytime soon.