Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says the Uluru climb in the Northern Territory should not be closed from October this year as has been proposed by traditional owners and the board of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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The Times reports, tourists are flocking to Uluru before a climbing ban comes into place.
The red rock monolith in central Australia, formerly known as Ayers Rock, will be protected by sacred aboriginal site laws and anyone attempting the climb will be liable to fines of up to $60,000 and two years in jail.
However, the impending ban has triggered legal action by outdoor adventure groups and threats to stage an illegal mass climb in protest. There has also been a marked increase in the number of people visiting the site as the deadline draws nearer.
Senator Bernardi has told ABC Radio's Alex Barwick, the closure of the climb could seriously damage the tourism industry in the Territory but in the end, tourism and adventure opportunities in Australia should be opened up, not shut down.
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