How divided are readers on removing Australia’s colonialist monuments?

Reader comments show that the removal of colonial monuments in Australia is a deeply divided debate.

Within hours of posting our story on Friday 12 June, which asked, “Are Australian monuments in line to be toppled?”, we received a spate of comments from our readers on social media.

The response underlines how this topic has struck a chord, not only in broader national and international debates but across the arts sector, which is perhaps better placed to understand the nuances of culture and the role of storytelling.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina