Nature of discovery
I would like to explain to the likes of Stan Grant and Linda Burney how “discovery” works. If I go to the goldfields looking for nuggets and find one, then I have discovered the nugget.
The fact that it was there all along is irrelevant as I was unaware of its existence.
Captain James Cook, one of the bravest adventurers who ever lived, was unaware of the existence of the east coast of this continent.
Therefore, when he happened upon it he “discovered” it. The fact that people lived there is utterly irrelevant.
Peter West, Ellenbrook