@ Number 19: When Stuart first explored the continent it …

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@ Number 19: When Stuart first explored the continent it was “Terra Nullus”.
He obliviously did not find any signs or plaques saying this was Arrernte country? There was a choice for our first peoples to stay in the desert or adopt a better way of life and numerous choices of health services, modern transport and housing etc.
Also how bigoted is Stan Grant (ref: Edan Baxter’s 11/9/17 article), as he chooses to live 100% white man’s way and take all the benefits that come with it, but deny that this only happened because of Capt. Cook’s discoveries (yes discoveries because they were mapped, circulated and declared into records and claimed by Great Britain).
Let him stand in peace and be a great tourist landmark for this town.

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Is the Stuart statue next?
I agree with Hal’s comments and endorse the fact that Stuart was a passive explorer and achieved a remarkable feat by crossing that vast distance safely.
Note that although he had a rifle it would have been used 99% of the time to hunt for food, no different to hunting with a spear.
Also there are many statues of Truganini in Tasmania so nothing to stop a statue of any prominent Aboriginal pioneer big erecated in the same way.

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