A champagne socialist reflects on Western culture and the Universe... and whilst gazing at his navel, he comes up with a lot of useless lint. It is the fruits of this navel-gazing that form the substance of this blog.

It saddens me that people do not show the same respect to Uluru that they show to places like St Paul's Cathedral. However, it saddens me much more that the Anangu people are missing out on the many employment opportunities that the Rock provides. On my visit to Uluru, I was shocked by the fact that there were thousands of dollars being made through the cultural centre, tours around the rock and accommodation, yet there was not an Aboriginal person in sight. With all the energy and money being spent on the intervention, surely some of that effort would be better spent on helping indigenous people into employment in the tourism industry. The New Zealand Maori people have shown just how successful employment in the tourism industry can be for closing the gap on indigenous health.

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