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'It doesn't make sense': Peter Dutton slams statue 'cancel culture'

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton. Source: AAP

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says Australian won't embrace "ripping pages out of history books" amid calls to topple Captain James Cook statues and remove controversial Chris Lilley shows from Netflix.

Peter Dutton has lashed an apparent rash of "cancel culture" in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Netflix has pulled four shows featuring controversial Australian performer Chris Lilley and there are calls to topple statues of British explorer Captain James Cook.

"I don't think ripping pages out of history books and brushing over parts of history you don't agree with or you don't like is really something the Australian public is going to embrace," Mr Dutton told Nine on Friday.

"There are good and bad parts of our history. You learn from that."

The home affairs minister said Netflix removing the Chris Lilley shows, in which the comedian depicted a range of characters including in blackface, was absurd.

"Removing that sort of content from online or from our television sets, I just don't think it makes any sense," he said.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was wrong to link Captain Cook to Black Lives Matter, arguing the protest movement was being hijacked by left-wing activists pushing their own agendas.

But Mr Morrison has been widely criticised for claiming there was no slavery in Australia, with many people pointing out the country's long history of forced labour and stolen wages of Aboriginal people.

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