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Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and re­spect AS a white Aus­tralian, I felt so ashamed to read Ju­lian Tom­lin­son’s piece on Uluru (CP 9/11). Fact checks: 1. The ban wasn’t made by “Abo­rig­i­nal ac­tivists” but the Abo­rig­i­nal el­ders from the area.

2. “Laws” they are re­fer­ring to is tra­di­tional lore that has been passed down for thou­sands of years, which govern how to re­spect the land, not re­cently made up laws “ex­clud­ing whites”.

3. They are not dis­crim­i­nat­ing against white peo­ple, no one of any back­ground will be al­lowed to climb it.

4. The place was not re­spected with reg­u­lar in­ci­dences of peo­ple lit­ter­ing, defe­cat­ing, tak­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate pho­tos etc.

5. Most places of cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance are not al­lowed to be climbed.

If we truly want rec­on­cil­i­a­tion we all need to start prac­tis­ing un­der­stand­ing and re­spect. Elise Chat­ter­ton, Cairns North

Opin­ion is dis­re­spect­ful

CAIRNS Post, you have a duty to the pub­lic to not pub­lish con­tent that is racist, in­flam­ma­tory and down­right dis­re­spect­ful.

You have ut­terly failed in this task by pub­lish­ing Ju­lian Tom­lin­son’s opin­ion piece.

Opin­ion ar­ti­cles are not an ex­cuse to pub­lish ut­ter drivel and shirk re­spon­si­bil­ity. It is ab­so­lutely shame­ful that you would choose to share some­thing that so ob­vi­ously dis­re­spects Aus­tralia’s first peo­ple.

Get with the pro­gram, it is never OK to be racist, even if it is an “opin­ion”.

Up your jour­nal­is­tic in­tegrity and get your­self into cur­rent cen­tury. Bess Mur­phy, Ma­landa Edi­tor’s note: The Cairns Post re­spects peo­ple’s rights to de­bate and share opin­ions and does not shy away from sen­si­tive is­sues.

Fail­ing on hu­man rights I AM sad that the Aus­tralia that I grew up in and was proud of as a coun­try of fair­ness, equal­ity and gen­eros­ity has been shown to be a sham.

The cur­rent hu­man­i­tar­ian refugee cri­sis on Manus has shown this.

A coun­try which is such a bully that it will not al­low some re­lief for those who New Zealand has of­fered to take in, shows what an un-Chris­tian coun­try we re­ally are.

NZ is the coun­try which is show­ing the traits Aus­tralians thought this coun­try ex­hib­ited.

This mean, nasty spirit which is alive and well in Aus­tralia, is one which I think many Aus­tralians are em­bar­rassed about.

Politi­cians who say that to al­low refugees to go to NZ be­cause it will give peo­ple smug­glers some suc­cour is crazy. Who would even try? Even the most des­per­ate wouldn’t. If you sur­vive the leak­ing boat, it means years and years in de­ten­tion and even af­ter es­tab­lish­ing your bona fides, you are still im­pris­oned some­where for no crime un­der dread­ful con­di­tions.

If the feel­ing among most Aus­tralians that we mal­treat vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple; that is fine it is a free coun­try.

But don’t even try to hold Aus­tralia to the world as this gen­er­ous, lib­eral democ­racy. That re­ally is a joke.

In­stead let’s thank NZ for the kind of­fer and let them take the refugees.

Aus­tralia can’t look any worse on hu­man rights in the world arena. Su­san Wil­liams, Machans Beach

DES­PER­ATE: Asy­lum seek­ers at the de­ten­tion cen­tre on Manus Is­land.

Send them to PO Box 126, Cairns 4870 or email let­ters@cairn­spost.com.au

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