Australija: Konzervativci i crkva protiv toplesa

Konzervativci i crkva u australiji žele zabraniti toples i nudizam na plažama

A sunny afternoon on a beach in Sydney and hundreds have come to relax and soak up the sun.

But trouble is brewing for those who get too relaxed - because conservative politicians and a Christian morals campaigners want to clamp down on topless sunbathing.

Those who want a tan without strap marks may find they are banned from beaches in the whole of New South Wales.

Australian morals campaigner, Rev Fred Nile believes women degrade themselves by exposing too much.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN POLITICIAN AND MORALS CAMPAIGNER, FRED NILE, SAYING:

"She demeans herself I believe that she's taken away her own self respect and I'd say any of the men around that area would not have any respect for that girl and probably would think that she's cheap and maybe even trying to pick up somebody."

Conservative politician, Dave Clarke believes children would be offended by seeing women's breasts.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW SOUTH WALES OPPOSITION MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, DAVID CLARKE, SAYING:

"How many families would like to be bringing their families here today but can't because they're concerned about their children seeing it."

But locals find the proposed ban unbelievable and ridiculous.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT, SAYING:

"No, he's still breastfed he sees it all the time, and it doesn't phase us at all."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT, SAYING:

"I think topless bathing is mega."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT, SAYING:

(JOURNALIST - "How often do you bath topless?)

"Every sunny day probably."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WAVERLY COUNCIL MAYOR, SALLY BETTS, SAYING:

"Nobody ever complains about topless bathing, they just don't complain."

Australians love their suntans and topless sunbathing has been common on most beaches since the 1960s.

Sunbathers in Sydney will have to wait and see weather a new more prudish standard is set for them.

Penny Tweedie, Reuters.