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Perspective of an Australian
by: Brad

As a 5th generation Australian, Ayres Rock (yes Ayres Rock as I know it) holds a deep cultural affiliation for me. It defines my identity as an Australian.
As an athiest white Australian, I cannot define traditional ownership of any land other than this. My heritage is a mix of various European nationalities which have changed hands over the centuries making any claim to a particular place impossible.
This probably accounts for the deep feelings I have for Ayres Rock, and my cultural need to embrace it in every way possible. If this includes to climb it to fully feel connected, then that is what I must do.
While I understand the cultural significance of "Uluru" to the particular Aboriginal tribe that currently resides there, I cannot accept that in a society of Religious and Cultural freedom, one particular "culture" is deemed more superior to another.
Many people may argue that because the Aborigines have inhabited this land for 20, 30, 40 thousand years, they have the right to define what is and is not allowed. I do not have the luxury of being able to claim such history, but does that make my culture less significant than theirs? By the same logic any recent immigrant (be they Muslim, Indian, Asian) to this country must reside at the bottom of the cultural pile.....
In saying all of that, what I do not agree with is the tick the box exercise/attitude of many tourists, and unfortunately most of the arguments for closing the climb are based on these.

let the justice be in your deeds
by: Anonymous

Dear Brad
Unfortunately there's no such term as a "justice" in our modern society.
While our society calls itself democratic and loyal, the fact is that every issue is being solved by the right of the strongest.

We at our writers group love discussing such questions in-depth.

And we've came up with the only right solution: let the justice be in every deed of yours. And stop worrying about deeds of others.

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