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Uluru tourists rush to climb before ban
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Australia https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-48946585 Australia

Tourists to Australia's Uluru have drawn controversy for seeking to climb the sacred indigenous site in the months ahead of a ban on the practice.

Photos circulating online show lines of people snaking up Uluru, with some social media users comparing it to recent scenes on Mount Everest.

It has been criticised as disrespectful to Aboriginal people, who have long asked tourists not to climb.

Locals say some tourists are dumping waste and camping illegally nearby.

In 2017, the board of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park voted unanimously to end the climb because of the spiritual significance of the site. The ban will come into effect in October.



Well, I guess this was always going to happen, since all the people who wanted to climb it will be well aware that it's now or never.

Either way, it's certainly not a nice sight for the Aboriginal people to deal with :( .
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Psssh, any good tribe would spread rumors about how its haunted and who ever climed it ended up dead.

THen you know pull some Scooby Doo like antics to reinforce the "curse" be it fake death reports, spooking people etc.

(I am being sarcastic in case anything thought I was serious :r)

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Seriously disgusting.
Is it so hard to respect the wishes of the first Australian people?
I really don't get people! It really sounds like the attitude is 'QUICK GUYS! LET'S BE ARROGANT AND DISRESPECTFUL BEFORE IT'S OFFICIALLY BANNED FOR US'

They say it's a sacred site, then we should respect that. I haven't been yet, but from what I have heard you don't need to climb Uluru to be struck by it's beauty and awed by the sheer size of it.

This quote though:
One critic, Sally Rugg, tweeted: "Can you imagine if people started climbing over the Australian War Memorial?"

Sally gets it! You can see it now, the outrage of all of these bogans and flag wavers (who are probably the very same people who deny the insanely horrible treatment of the first Australians while lowkey enabling/supporting it.)
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Honestly? I'm afraid that the official ban to climbing is just going to be followed by a lot more climbing, because now it'd be "cool" to do it, as opposed to only just disrespectful.

We all know how these people think and their approach to all things illegal and/or sacred.
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(07-12-2019, 01:14 AM)Dust Bowl Wrote: Honestly? I'm afraid that the official ban to climbing is just going to be followed by a lot more climbing, because now it'd be "cool" to do it, as opposed to only just disrespectful.

We all know how these people think and their approach to all things illegal and/or sacred.

Yeah, that is sadly possible. Although, I hope there will be some kind of enforcement to at least keep this under control!
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I wanted to climb it when I was 10 but damn... didn’t  know it was sacred. 

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Some humans are just dumb. Why does this story reminds me of that one guy who was instantly killed by a tribe on a island that was also illegal to step foot on?
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Problematic Pauline's take: https://www.news.com.au/travel/australia...7b0d3b0e93
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Wow, it really says something when the best argument she can come up with is "It's been that way for many years, so why do we need change it now?".

First of all, that argument is not even valid here, because the indigenous people have been wanting to do this for many years (Bob Hawke agreed to do it in 1983 in accordance with their wishes, but that never happened). Secondly, just because a problem has gone unaddressed for a long time doesn't make it any less of a problem. I mean, go back 60 years, and this argument would have been used to defend segregation. Go back 200 years, and it would have been used to defend slavery. Go back 400 years, and it would have been used to defend the absolute monarchy. I'm not saying that climbing Uluru is even remotely as bad as any of those things; however, it's not a very good argument for those wanting to claim the moral high ground. It's just a cheap excuse to avoid addressing long-standing problems.

And, the Bondi Beach analogy is comparing apples and oranges. As far as I'm aware, there's no indigenous group which considers Bondi Beach to be a sacred site.
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