Uluru – sacred vs secular tourism – how do we 'see' Australia?

ABC “Rudd supports Uluru climbers”

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he thinks tourists should be able to climb Uluru, despite a plan recommending an eventual ban.

A 10-year draft plan for the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park released earlier this week sparked debate after it recommended banning climbers for environmental and cultural reasons.

Yesterday Environment Minister Peter Garrett – who would give final approval to the plan – said he was not hearing “many voices” in favour of keeping it open and said there were strong reasons to consider whether or not it should be closed.

(Picture caption – Although against the wishes of the traditional owners, tourists flock to Uluru to climb)

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