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Call to remove Captain Cook plaques over 'offensive' text

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated April 14 2021 - 2:24pm, first published July 20 2020 - 8:30am
BORROWED TIME: One of the plaques at the base of the fountain's eastern steps on Monday.

When 5000 people gathered in Civic Park last month for a protest against racial injustice, two plaques celebrating Captain James Cook's "discovery" of Australia's east coast in 1770 stood metres away from the guest speakers.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his reporting about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has reported on the 2019 NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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