Aus­tralian state names and shames cheeky of­fences

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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