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Ahead of the annual argument surrounding the date of Australia Day, Malcolm Turnbull has sought answers from deep within the left-wing faction of his political party, as to why protestors continually spray paint the Japanese flag on colonial figures of invasion.
This comes three months after the Prime Minister described the vandalism of statues of Captain Cook and former NSW governor Lachlan Macquarie is a “cowardly criminal act” reminiscent of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.
The statues in Sydney’s Hyde Park were spray-painted with the words “Change the date” and “No pride in genocide” in the early hours of Saturday, references to the controversy over celebrating Australia Day on January 26.
Turnbull says this isn’t the first time he’s seen the Japanese flag graffiti’d in public, sighting that he often sees it when he passes through Redfern on the way to visit his old University.
“I just don’t get it” he said to our reporters.
“I mean, protesting these colonial pioneers is one thing, but why use the flag of a nation we were at war with half a century ago”
“I think these people need a history lesson”
With the post-Christmas lull now taking place, it is believed both sides of politics are in preparation for their annual argument over January 26, which ultimately never gets resolved but riles up everyone.