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Anthony Albanese dismisses calls to remove Captain Cook statue

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There have been calls for some public sculptures to be removed in Australia, but Mr Albanese has dismissed them.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese believed statues of Captain Cook and other polarising historical figures should not be torn down.

In recent Black Lives Matter protests across the globe monuments have been torn down, including a slave trader statue thrown into the river in Bristol.

There have been calls for some public sculptures to be removed in Australia, but Mr Albanese has dismissed them.

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This statue of Captain James Cook was sprayed with slogans in 2017, in protest of Australia day.

"My position is very clear, you can't rewrite history you have to learn from it," he told Ben Fordham on 2GB this morning.

"The idea that you go back to year zero of history is in my view, quite frankly, unacceptable."

Mr Albanese also said, "a bit of common sense" was needed in the discussion around removing films now deemed racist, such as "Gone With The Wind".

"People can watch things, they can learn from them, doesn't mean you agree with them, doesn't mean that everything that they did was right," he said.

"It happened; you can't pretend that it didn't happen."

Earlier this week Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed calls to remove statues of Captain Cook, telling people to "get a grip".

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/black-lives-matter-captain-cook-statue-anthony-albanese-says-we-should-not-rewrite-history/be570c2b-d08b-4ddf-a7eb-209d7570d3e1

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