Pauline Hanson, a person who until recently was fairly adamant that you should be able to climb Uluru, was this week unable to climb Uluru, after getting stuck partway up and having to turn around.
The traditional owners of the site have asked visitors not to climb it because of its spiritual significance, as well as environmental impacts and safety concerns. A ban will be in force from October.
Hanson has likened closing the climb to shutting down the iconic Bondi Beach, and this week, the One Nation senator flew to the Northern Territory to scale the landmark in protest.
There were reports that she only made it around forty metres up before having slide back down on her posterior, and today, A Current Affair released footage of the display.
“I’m not going up any further,” she says in the below clip, later adding: “Seriously, I cannot get down here, my boots are that bloody old.”
The footage is part of an episode that’s set to air on Monday night, but you can watch the trailer below, if that’s a thing you wish to do:
— A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) August 23, 2019
Pauline Hanson later told ABC News that the experience of getting stuck on the climb was “scary” and that she understands why it might be closed for safety reasons, saying:
“I’ve never been up there before. There are the issues, and having been up there to look at it, the main issue is about security and safety because about 35 people have lost their lives by falling off the Rock.”
Traditional owner Sammy Wilson has said of the ban: “If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, an area of restricted access, I don’t enter or climb it, I respect it. It is the same here for Anangu.”