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Saturday, July 05, 2003

Shock! Horror! Bromley the teddy bear caught climbing Ayer's Rock!

No, I am not making this up... "a case of political correctness gone mad". [Is it ever any other way?]

Author can't bear Uluru fine
By Cameron Stewart
The Australian
July 4, 2003

A CHILDREN'S book author faces a possible $55,000 fine after the Aboriginal owners of Uluru moved to take legal action to ban his book about a teddy bear who climbs the rock.

In a landmark case aimed at stopping white people disrespecting the rock, Uluru's traditional owners will ask the Federal Court this month to ban the popular children's book by Sydney author Alan Campbell.

The Aboriginal owners, Anangu, say Campbell's book, Bromley Climbs Uluru, is deeply offensive to their culture because it contains photographs of a bear sitting on the summit of the rock.

Anangu do not like people to climb the rock and take photographs at the summit. The commercial use of such images in illegal.

But Campbell describes the row, revealed by The Weekend Australian Magazine in March, as a case of political correctness gone mad.

He says he took the offending photographs in 1986, before restrictions on photography of the rock were introduced.

Since then tough new laws have been introduced - and further beefed up in 2000 - placing much of the rock off-limits to commercial photographers.

"I'd like to fight this case for the sake of others - this is a freedom of speech issue, it is censorship on a grand scale," Campbell said yesterday.

A lawyer representing Anangu, Tony Keyes, said he would seek an injunction from the Federal Court against the book if it were not withdrawn from publication by July 18.

Campbell says he intends to fight the case.

If he loses, he could potentially face a fine of up to $55,000 under the beefed-up Uluru laws.

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