Nine paid costs for Hanson trip to Uluru

An August 2019 episode of A Current Affair in which One Nation senator Pauline Hanson climbed Uluru is back in the headlines after it was revealed Nine paid for flights and accommodation.

Independent news site The Klaxon reports that Parliamentary disclosure documents show Hanson confirmed flights x 2 and 2 x nights accommodation for two people was provided by Nine to visit Uluru from 19 – 22 August last year. According to the report she was joined by chief of staff James Ashby.

Climbing the sacred site was closed to tourists last October, after Hanson campaigned vigorously against the ban.

Last year A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw told viewers the program “did not pay senator Hanson, and the visit was not our idea”. But it also declined to state who paid for the trip.

Parks Australia said that although Hanson had met senior members of the Anangu community she did not meet with its board of management.

In March Hanson dropped her regular gig on Sunrise after being challenged on-air by David Koch, while Today dropped her as a “regular contributor”, after insulting comments around residents of public housing in Melbourne lockdown.

Nine declined to comment.

Additional source: The Guardian

13 Comments:

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    I’m a bit upset that ACA seems to have dropped the ball on this very big issue for cheap ratings. I used to like ACA but the ratings have really dropped from the million mark in the past 3 years because the stories just aren’t relevant nor current

  2. I don’t see any wrongdoing if not paid for work. It was good to see she actively engaged in the issue and did meet and communicate with the local Anangu country Indigenous Australians. It resulted in her memorable and significant discussion with café staff as to whether or not she was indigenous to Australia or England.

    • I agree. I don’t know what the big deal is about this. Speaking directly to the traditional owners is far more important than speaking with the Parks Australia board of management. The rock itself is not and never has been sacred to the Anangu people. Paddy Uluru says it best.

      • The original article linked indicates she did not speak to the custodians but an unrecognised group which exists via Facebook. I read a lot into the point Nine did would not confirm costs nor comment on latest…

      • I am not sure where you got your information from but having done a tour of Uluru by the indigenous custodians it is was made clear the place is very sacred. To this day they still perform ceremonies at the site.

        • Their are sites near and around the rock that are very sacred but the rock isn’t. Plenty of traditional owners have stated this on numerous occasions and Paddy Uluru is recorded saying the same. I’ve been to Uluru three times and never wanted to climb. I just don’t like false information being passed off as fact. If the Anangu people don’t want people to climb it for safety reasons, that’s all they really need to say in my opinion. Parks Australia are the problem here.

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