Pauline Hanson, the woman who insists on referring to the Indigenous landmark Uluru as ‘Ayers Rock’, shocked absolutely no one yesterday by climbing the sacred site.
The Australian senator who’s inflicted over two decades worth of headaches on Australian politics, has been campaigning to allow tourists to continue to stomp all over the sacred Aboriginal site. To make her redundant point (the ban for visitors to climb Uluru is already set to be in effect this October), she flew into the area yesterday and posted an update to her Facebook page, saying she got the go-ahead from traditional owners of the land to climb the site. While Pauline clambers up to the lowest vantage point on Uluru and then slides back down on her bum (true), let’s quickly re-hash her profound disrespect for the traditional owners of this land:
‘We as Australians have never been asked in a referendum whether we endorse or recognise the Aboriginal flag.’
‘I belong here as much as what you do, now just because you’re an Aboriginal is a weak excuse.’
‘I do not believe that the colour of one’s skin determines whether you are disadvantaged.’
But while sane people across the country crossed their fingers and wished for Pauline to leave her career in politics and return to the fish and chipper from whence she came (or be attacked by a hawk—ed), her minions chirped their support for Paulie on Facebook; a sober reminder that brain cells are in short supply for One Nation supporters:
‘DO climb it Pauline while you have the chance. I think it should be open for everyone as we are indigenous to this country too, I was born here! Stay safe and I hope there’s a good outcome from your meetings.’
‘Pauline, if you do climb the rock, will you please have a look, and see if you notice any damage caused by people climbing ??? Considering the number of climbers (and I climbed to the top of the chain about 40 years ago) – in the pictures, I can’t see any real damage done to the rock so can’t see why it should be protected…’
If you’re unfamiliar with the history of Uluru and why stomping across the ancient landmark is being banned a few decades too late, read this.