South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has put out an embarrassing media release criticising “the ignorance” of Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield in which she reveals she thinks Australia Day has something to do with Captain Cook.
In fact, as the Australian Conservatives' website commemorated last month, James Cook’s ship HMS Endeavour, first landed in Botany Bay on 29 April 1770, proving again that the Greens disdain for facts and history knows no bounds.
Australian Conservatives leader and fellow South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi tweeted "I keep warning (Senator Hanson-Young) about the state of our education system. Next she’ll be telling us Sea Patrol is a documentary...oops too late."
The Spectator Australia have also picked up on the history howler here.
As Senator Bernardi alluded, Senator Hanson-Young has previously demonstrated she can't tell the difference between fact and fiction when asking questions about Australia's border protection force at a Senate estimates hearing four years ago. Not only did she seem to think the fictional TV show Sea Patrol was real, she repeatedly called Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell "Lieutenant".
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