Statues of historical figures around the world are likely to be targeted by political correctness following the protests in the US about statues of Confederate generals.

With the Charlottesville protests regarding the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee and a statue in Ohio being damaged by vandals who took its head from a cemetery, Australian Sydney City Council is now seeking advice on whether the statue of Captain Cook should be removed.

The ABC’s indigenous affairs editor Stan Grant wrote an analysis on the issue on Friday and argued the statue represented a “damaging myth” that Captain Cook discovered Australia.

Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore is now seeking further discussion over the 126-year-old statue. Another statue of Captain Arthur Phillip could also be removed.

Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Borsak stated in the newspaper The Daily Telegraph “Attempts to rewrite our public history for the sake of political correctness — which is what these activists want to do — is little better than Stalin erasing his political opponent from photographs,”

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