Today we’d like to share a very interesting column by Waleed Aly, published on The Sydney Morning Herald on 31 March.

Why does talking about British “invasion” of these lands, as opposite to “settlement”, sparks such viral debates? What are your thoughts about it?

As Mr. Waleed Aly writes: << […] the Tele’s remarkably sloppy allegation that “UNSW rewrites the history books to state Cook ‘invaded’ Australia”. Of course, UNSW did no such thing. The reference to Cook is entirely a Telegraph invention. The guide talks of invasion but doesn’t attribute it to James Cook, who had no army with which to invade. It’s an extrapolation showing that not only does some editor or other know nothing about the history they’re so keen to defent, but that they’re also quite keen to rewrite the present.>>

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