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Malcolm Turnbull says tourists should be allowed to climb Uluru.

Malcolm Turnbull lends his support to the Ayers Rock climb....

Malcolm Turnbull says tourists should be allowed to climb Uluru.



"This is something my colleague Greg Hunt took up very vigorously when Mr Garrett announced his intention of banning the climb," Mr Turnbull said.

"I'm pleased to see that our efforts in that regard and the concerns which expressed or reflected the concerns of many Australians have been met with some action by the Prime Minister."


see also Turnbull pleased as Kevin Rudd says he wants Uluru open

Update a letter to Malcolm...

Dear Prime Minister,
I refer to comments you made in support of the climb up Uluru/Ayers Rock in 2009 when the then Rudd government threatened its closure (see link). In response to threats to close the climb you stated:

Malcolm Turnbull says tourists should be allowed to climb Uluru."This is something my colleague Greg Hunt took up very vigorously when Mr Garrett announced his intention of banning the climb," Mr Turnbull said."I'm pleased to see that our efforts in that regard and the concerns which expressed or reflected the concerns of many Australians have been met with some action by the Prime Minister."


LINK: http://www.news.com.au/news/turnbull-pleased-as-kevin-rudd-says-he-wants-uluru-open/news-story/3ed5e4b30eb4171e7748cf2b702174a2

Greg Hunt's press release is attached to fresh your memory. Will your government be known as the one that closed the climb?

 I am waiting to hear your supportive statements about the right of all Australian's to partake in a cultural tradition, and moves by your government to ensure the climb remains open and a choice for all Australians into the future (ie beyond the proposed 2019 closure).

Regards
Marc Hendrickx



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Claims that Aborigines never ascend the monolith are false and the highly sacred nature of the route a recent invention. The cultural-heritage significance of the climb to both Anangu and millions of non-Aboriginal visitors is something that should be celebrated and maintained, not discouraged and condemned.

Read the Article at Quadrant.
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