A bull with fish-shaped flags drawn by schoolchildren, created by a local council for a cattle industry event, has had two Taiwanese flags painted over by that local council.
I understand why the council did this - not only does Australia conform to the One China policy, but it does not want to offend China, who buys a significant amount of Australian beef. And I get that it's not technically speaking a freedom of speech issue, because the statues are council property.
But I'm left wondering if there was a less drastic way of resolving this issue. And I don't mean by temporarily covering up the statues, like was done when the Iranian government visited Italy, but possibly by somehow separating themselves from artworks that are technically connected with the government. Have any governments ever successfully done so?