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April 10, 2021

Sexist f#%king fines

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To make this point very clear – did you know that women are fined $300 for swimming topless? Yes it is true, and it happened here in Byron, just a couple of weeks ago. So, the question is, does a man also get fined $300 for swimming topless? I think we all know the answer to that one.

Another question: how is it possible that a law like this can be proposed within our parliament, and agreed upon?’ Can you imagine the group of men (because of course a woman is not going to pass a law like this) sitting around talking about it and then AGREEING to it? What the hell! This leaves me angry and frustrated.

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  1. I am not doubting what was said in this article but I find it surprising. I thought in NSW the law was that the minimum required wear on a public (textile) beach for either gender was a g-string.

  2. I hope the lady is not going to pay, but instead take the matter to court for a decision. There must be a female solicitor who would represent her pro-bono.

  3. Not hard really , if this happened on the main beach , this person should have had more sense!! Families with children also have the privilege to swim in those areas , surely this lady would have known that this is not acceptable in some areas ? All she had to do is head north about a km and is a well known part of the shire where its more acceptable…and the fine is not sexist…has absolutely nothing to do with it …its the law …lets face it !! Just be happy that we can actually swim in the clothing we do ..in this wonderful country…because in some countries the fine probably would be a bare minimum…a verbal warning should have been sufficient!!!’


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