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Captain Cook statue vandalised in protest to Australia Day

A statue of Captain Cook has been vandalised overnight, in what appears to be a protest to Australia Day.

These photos were taken this morning at St Kilda Beach.

The statue has had pink paint tipped over it and the words “No Pride” scrawled across the plaque.

The Federal Minister for Citizenship Alan Tudge called in to express his disgust.

“I think it’s a disgrace,” he told Neil Mitchell.

“These people are destroying our national heritage by doing what they’re doing.

“You can’t rewrite our history.”

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Other listeners called in to report acts of vandalism to other monuments around Melbourne.

The Burke and Wills monument near Melbourne Zoo has had paint thrown on it and graffiti scrawled across it.

Caller Dennis told Neil it looked like someone had taken an industrial file to the face of Captain Cook in the Edinburgh Gardens.