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While the federal government is not investing much in the arts as a whole it is ploughing resources in the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s landing in Botany Bay.

$48.7 million was given to activities to celebrate the event, including $25 million to the Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

Part of the funding came from an $84 million cut to the ABC.

And while there has been some backlash against the project, especially from Indigenous artists, it’s prompted others to ask why we continue to love Cook so much.

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