It’s a struggle and we wish them every success in maintaining their naturist enjoyment.
Stuart Whelan, in his early 50s at the time, and his wife, left their corporate life in Sydney to own and operate a naturist retreat in Nelsons Bay, Australia. For Stuart, getting naked in nature was “transformational”.
Don’t you just love a great naturist story?
Incredible but true, says journalist James Norman: it’s now officially a crime to expose your bare buttocks in public in the Australian state of Victoria. For many Aussies, the sight of partygoers mooning in the street or the occasional streaker interrupting a cricket match is part of life. It might irritate some, but we’ve never felt the need for a specific law “to police such larrikin behaviour”. Yet thanks to a new amendment to Victoria’s Summary Offences Act, people who indulge in these relatively harmless forms of public nudity could now face up to two months in jail. Repeat offenders risk six months behind bars. The law also bans the singing of obscene songs or ballads in public. It’s a ridiculously over-the-top piece of legislation. More than 100 people have pledged to bare their backsides outside the Victorian Parliament House at the next full moon in protest against the new laws, but police have warned them to keep their pants on or face “criminal charges”. Mad. If you go to Germany, it’s not uncommon to see whole families picnicking naked in the park, but here we’re cracking down on mooning. Our “Victorian morality” has made us a “laughing stock”.
Precis courtesy of The Week