captain cook statue covered in pink paint
Captain Cook statue in St Kilda after it was vandalised in 2018 (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

Australia is littered with weathered bronze statues of men standing proudly with one foot forward and a plaque beneath them describing their triumphs over the country. Which ones should fall?

Many of these white men (yes, they’re almost always white men -- women make up less than 5% of statues in major cities, and statues of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people are few and far between) have committed war crimes and massacres. 

Across the US and the UK, statues of such men are being pulled down in response to the Black Lives Matter movements.