The stand Down Under: why debate over Australia Day and Captain Cook divides a nation

For a government that has spent so much time and money trying to stop asylum seekers from trying to reach its shores by boat, Australia has spent much of the past week making quite a lot of noise about an empty vessel. The announcement that A$6.7 million (US$4.8 million) would be spent on sailing a replica of Captain Cook’s ship, the HMS Endeavour, around the country for the next 14 months has been met with something between raised eyebrows and well-deserved opprobrium – and not…