Editor's Column

Invented Traditions

On October 26 the board that manages the Uluru National Park banned all climbing of the monolith once known as Ayers Rock. The decision is not only bound to wreak serious damage to the well-developed tourist industry at the site. It also leaves a sour taste in the mouths of those who had until now regarded the rock as a site of awe and wonder, the symbolic heart of the continent, belonging to all Australians. Instead, they have discovered that rulings about the site by a local community of just 296 Aboriginal people can override the wishes of rest of…

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