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Opposition call for climb to remain open

Breaking News: Members of the Opposition voice their support for the climb up Ayers Rock to remain open.
Greg Hunt: "Big Brother is coming to Uluru to slam the gate closed on an Australian tourism icon, the climb. Peter Garrett would forever be the Minister who Closed the Climb. Kevin Rudd would be the Prime Minister who shut down a sensitively-maintained, world-class tourist attraction in the midst of an international financial crisis. Uluru is an Indigenous treasure. It is also a national and an international treasure. I support allowing people to make up their own minds about whether to make the climb.."

Simon Birmingham: “Climbing Ayers Rock, or Uluru, is one of Australia’s oldest tourist activities and remains one of its most iconic,” Senator Birmingham said today.
“Tourism is increasingly an experience-driven industry. People want experiences, not just photographs, in exchange for their tourism dollar and the Uluru climb is one of the most unique experiences available here in Australia or indeed anywhere.

For more details see press releases from Greg Hunt and Simon Birmingham.



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