Scaling Sacred Heights

  (20 July 09)
  by Greg Spearritt

The Chaser team has hit the news (again) for attempting to scale the spire of St John’s Anglican Church in Canberra while K. Rudd & spouse were at Holy Communion. This, of course, at a time when a draft management plan calls for a ban on people climbing Uluru. The Prime Minister apparently wants the climb to remain open.

 

The Federal Government’s Environment website, however, makes it plain that

 

[t]he traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ask visitors not to climb Uluru because of its spiritual significance as the traditional route of the ancestral Mala men on their arrival at Uluru.

 

Respect is surely the keyword for dealing with sensitive cultural and religious matters. Respecting the religious tradition of the local Aborigines should therefore mean not climbing. But what if climbing Uluru is a ‘spiritual’ experience for some of those who do it?

 

(A useful presentation of pros and cons for climbing can be found here.)

 

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