Disgraceful Attempt to Blacken the name of Captain James Cook

Disgraceful Attempt to Blacken the name of Captain James Cook


Disgraceful Attempt to Link Captain James Cook to COVID-19

The Australian Monarchist League calls on the Deputy Chief Health Officer of Victoria, to formally apologise for comments likening the arrival of the Endeavour to COVID-19.

Ms Annaliese van Diemen, as DCHO, is the signatory of Victoria’s lockdown laws which are considered to be the strictest of all the Australian States.

AML National chairman, Philip Benwell, said that the comments were “a disgraceful attempt to blacken the name of Captain James Cook, one of the world's greatest 18th-century explorers.”

Mr Benwell went on to say that it was strange that, MS van Diemen made no reference to, nor took any responsibility for, her namesake, Anthony van Diemen, who was responsible for sending Abel Tasman on his 1642 voyage which landed on the West Coast of Tasmania over a century before that of Captain Cook.

Ms Annaliese van Diemen should make an immediate public apology to the people of Australia for her attempt to attack the reputation of Captain James Cook.

Philip Benwell
National Chair



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  • Ian Fleischfresser
    commented 2020-07-11 13:23:27 +1000
    This disgusting excuse for a public servant should be given the opportunity to resign or be dismissed