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Historian ‘seeking to deny our past’, challenges removal of graffiti on Captain Cook statue

Last year, outrage was sparked when the words “change the date” and “no pride in genocide” were splashed on a Captain Cook statue in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

Yesterday, historian Dr Lisa Murray turned heads when she questioned whether the graffiti should have been removed at all.

Smithy’s All-Star Prue MacSween tells Chris Smith Dr Murray is effectively “encouraging civic disobedience”.

“The fact that she is seeking to deny our past and she’s trotting out claims of growing public consciousness. Well, whose public consciousness?

“We all, as a majority of free-thinking people, have to stand up and say enough is enough. We’re not putting up with this crap anymore.”

Instead, she says we need to “reflect and represent the past, good and bad, so we can learn from it.”

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