Photographer's Note

Don't climb. Look at those ants climbing this sacred rock.

Climbing the Rock is disrespectful and dangerous. The caretakers of this sacred Rock have this to say about climbing Uluru:

"That's a really important sacred thing that you are climbing… You shouldn't climb. It's not the real thing about this place. The real thing is listening to everything. And maybe that makes you a bit sad. But anyway that's what we have to say. We are obliged by Tjukurpa to say. And all the tourists will brighten up and say, 'Oh I see. This is the right way. This is the thing that's right. This is the proper way: no climbing".

Despite the wishes of the Anangu people, thousands of people every year still make the 347 metre climb. I liken this lack of respect to taking a sh*te in the Vatican. The refusal to listen to the wishes of the sovereign owners of this land in this one important aspect is typical of White Australia's refusal to listen to its First Nations Peoples in any respect.

At the top of the Rock, there are dirty nappies, faeces and other detritus left by those disrespectful people that climb. Nearly 400 people have died climbing it and many thousands more have been injured. I have very little sympathy for them.

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