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Time to unshackle Oz history from tyranny of truth

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02.02.2019

When muddle-headed PM Scott Morrison announced his plans to stage a re-enactment of Captain Cook’s circumnavigation of Australia (something Cook didn’t do) it never occurred to us the PM was lying about a Cook achievement.

Yes, we know that for Morrison Captain Cook is a hero, in the same simple, pre-pubescent way in which boys have hero-worshipped Biggles or Superman, in which Young Liberal boys have looked up to Sir Robert Menzies.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaking in Canberra on Australia Day 2019.Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

But we knew that he, the PM, was just being a shameful ignoramus.

How different it would be/will be when and if Donald Trump makes an equivalently inflated claim about an achievement of a famous American he admires. When/if this happens (he might for example claim that Davy Crockett circumnavigated America in a canoe, that Ronald Reagan was the first man to climb Everest) we will assume, reasonably, that Trump does know better but is simply lying.

Believe me when I tell you that Donald Trump hardly knows how to tell the truth. By late-January (the most recent figures released) The Washington Post Fact Checker database said he had made 7,645 “false or misleading claims” since taking office. There have been some individual days where he’s uttered more than 100 fibs.

The fact checkers’ draining Trump-work is well-reported in The........

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