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Once again the letters section in both our local papers continues the ‘debate’ on ‘nude bathing’ in our Shire.

As in politics, the protagonists try to describe the battlefield and the rules of engagement in their own terms and to their own advantage. This rarely leads to clarity.

Firstly, we have the ‘nimby’ approach, which is fully understandable, as is the position of the people who wish to enjoy being naked at the beach (and anywhere else for that matter). There are those who might think it’s really strange that people would object to people being naked because of the belief that the human body is obscene and must be hidden – especially on a continent where nakedness was the norm for 60,000 years plus. This, where pornography has been normalised and is a large scale industry. As in so much political debate, there is little attention paid to the fundamentals.

The fundamentals in the nude debate are that nudity is abhorrent, against whitefella law, and the ‘Old Testament’. If allowed at all it must be hidden from innocent eyes, that is, in remote places. Because the locals at Tyagarah are aware of the dangers that arise from the remoteness (NIMBY) rather than accepting that, some people are prepared to spend a lot of taxpayers’ money on obviously unworkable schemes.

Lest we continue this war of words for the next 30 years I suggest the clothing-optional beach be at The Pass. It is close, fully observable and sign-able. Prudish surfers might complain or they may not.


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