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Home > News > 2019 > September > IEUA-QNT condemns climbing of sacred Uluru

IEUA-QNT condemns climbing of sacred Uluru

Uluru.jpgOur union recently wrote to Senator Pauline Hanson after her attempted climb of Uluru in late August, condemning her actions on behalf of our members.


Our union's Yubbah Action Group (a committee focusing on our union’s First Nations members and our journey towards reconciliation) and our Equity Committee initiated the sending of a letter to Senator Hanson to communicate our disappointment in her actions.


Uluru is a scared site for our country's First Nations people with clear signage in place asking that the wishes of the Anangu people be respected by not visitors refraining from climbing Uluru.


Senator Hanson’s very public attempt to climb Uluru was not only deeply disrespectful but takes us all back in time and impedes true reconciliation from taking place.


IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said sovereignty of this country by our First Nations people was never ceded and in working towards reconciliation, we all have a role in demonstrating respect to our First Nations people.

On behalf of our 17,000 members in the non-government education sector, our union formally wrote to condemn Senator Hanson’s recent action in attempting to climb Uluru,” Mr Burke said.

“In the letter, we encouraged her party to consider developing its own Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), as a step towards reconciliation; we would request this as a step worthy of a person in the privileged position of representing Australians in our federal parliament.

"A RAP is an important document which provides concrete strategies to support reconciliation and includes meaningful, practical plans to develop relationships, show respect and increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our union, for its part, is actively taking the steps needed to work towards reconciliation through our own RAP and as educators, we are also encouraging our schools to develop RAPs as a step they can take towards reconciliation.”

We have not yet received a response from Senator Hanson.

Click here to read our letter to Senator Hanson.

To learn more about our union’s journey towards reconciliation, click here.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.