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Climbing Australia’s giant red rock Uluru banned

CANBERRA: Climbing the world's largest monolith Uluru was banned on Wednesday amid concerns it was becoming a "theme park", undermining the giant red rock's deep cultural significance. Scrambling up the symbol of the Outback, also known as Ayers Rock, is seen by many tourists as a must-do on their visit to Australia. But they do so against the wishes of the traditional Aboriginal owners, the Anangu, to whom the site is sacred. At a meeting of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board, made up of traditional…

Aboriginal Australians meet at sacred Uluru to discuss first chance of recognition

SYDNEY:¬†Aboriginal Australian leaders are meeting at the sacred landmark of Uluru to decide how the country's first inhabitants, who date back about 50,000 years before British colonizers arrived, should be recognized in the constitution for the first time. There are about 700,000 Aborigines in a population of 23 million but they suffer disproportionately high rates of suicide, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and imprisonment, tracking near the bottom in almost every economic and social indicator. Constitutional…