John Batman depicted negotiating what is known as Batman's Treaty with the Kulin people in 1835.
John Batman depicted negotiating what is known as Batman's Treaty with the Kulin people in 1835. Tim Howard

Batman example shows it is possible to ditch a dodgy past

AS COUTTS Crossing debates a proposal to be renamed because of the murky history of Thomas Coutts, the settler it was named after, the Victorian federal seat of Batman has just changed name for similar reasons.

Batman in Melbourne's inner-north will be renamed Cooper in honour of indigenous rights campaigner William Cooper.

The dumping of the name Batman follows a campaign by the local Darebin Council and the Greens, who argued that its original namesake, John Batman, was involved in the massacre of Aboriginal people in Tasmania before he helped found Melbourne in 1835.

When the redistribution is fully determined on July 13, 11 of the state's 38 electoral divisions - almost 30 per cent - will be named after an Aboriginal person or word.



IN COURT: 48 people appearing in Grafton court today

premium_icon IN COURT: 48 people appearing in Grafton court today

Here's a list of the people appearing in court today

South Grafton Hotel robbery accused faces court

premium_icon South Grafton Hotel robbery accused faces court

The man allegedly jumped the back bar of pub and stole from the till

Grafton schools break Maclean high DEX touch dominance

premium_icon Grafton schools break Maclean high DEX touch dominance

The senior boys hadn't lost a tournament in seven years until now.