Australian state names and shames cheeky offences
CONSIDER it a warning to exhibitionists – an Australian state has officially listed “mooning” or “streaking” as examples of offences which can be dealt with under the law.
Victoria’s Attorney General Martin Pakula said yesterday there had always been an offence of indecent or offensive exposure which could have covered those who choose to whip their clothes off in public.
But “mooning” and “streaking” are now cited as examples in the Crime Amendment (Sexual Offences) Bill which reformed more than 50 crimes and was passed on September 1 – separating the more comic form of indecent exposure from serious sexual nudity.
“We don’t want a situation where someone who streaks at a cricket match is bundled in the same category as someone who jumps out in front of a 13-year-old girl and flashes,” he said.
But writer Lucy Valentine tweeted that it showed a “nanny state gone too bloody far”, joking that “mooning” and “streaking” were “two of the most essential acts of civil disobedience”.
“The comical nature of the Australian buttocks is a deeply entrenched piece of culture, and it’s one I refuse to allow to be disparaged,” she wrote in a light-hearted article for SBS. –