Pauline Hanson Is Meeting With Indigenous Elders And Climbing Uluru
Pauline Hanson plans to climb Uluru after meeting with local Indigenous elders, following her calls to keep their sacred site open to climbers.
On Wednesday afternoon, the One Nation leader said on social media two senior traditional owners have granted her permission to climb Uluru -- weather permitting.
Hanson said the Anangu Mayatja Council of Elders -- the traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta land -- invited her to Uluru to discuss "their future following [her] calls for the climb to remain open".
"I arrived yesterday afternoon and held talks with the two sons of Paddy Uluru who was the traditional owner and other family members," Hanson wrote in an earlier Facebook post on Wednesday.
"Today I will meet with around 15 of their Anangu Mayatja Council of Elders and attempt to climb the Rock if the wind has dropped off," she said, adding "I’ll keep you posted".
Hanson has publicly criticised changing rules to prevent climbing Uluru -- a sacred part of the local Anangu people's culture.
The management board of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park announced plans in November 2017 to close the summit from October 26 this year -- a date marking 34 years since the site was handed back to the traditional owners.
Since then, the number of tourists rushing to the site has skyrocketed -- and locals say this has caused problems with overcrowding and littering.
In Hanson's view, the move to close the site is no different to "closing down Bondi Beach".
"I can't see the cultural sensitivity when people have been climbing the rock all these years and now all of a sudden they want to shut it down," she told the Today Show last month.
"It's no different to coming out and saying we're going to close down Bondi Beach... I don't get it. I really don't get it., and how are they going to pay back the Australian taxpayer?"
Responding to the recent influx of tourists, Alison Hunt, an Anangu tribal elder, told 10 daily Uluru is "sacred land".
"We always want it to be respected," she said.
"Tourists have had a fair go. It's time to walk away and give it back to the Aboriginal people." Hunt has been contacted for comment on Hanson's visit.
Hanson said she will be discussing her calls for the climb to remain open.
She assured taxpayers they weren't the ones forking out her flights.
Featured image: Pauline Hanson's Please Explain Facebook page