There has been widespread protest in Australia after a woman was given a two week jail sentence on Monday (9 January) for parading naked on a Queensland beach in a demonstration in support of nude bathing rights.
SV PAN: Mrs. Sandra Purcell out of car and into courthouse.
SV: Mrs. Purcell and others parading on the beach.
CU: Man with binoculars.
SV: Mrs. Purcell lying on beach.
CU ZOOM OUT: Mrs. Purcell ZOOM OUT TO her lying on stomach.
SV: Men and women on beach in swimsuits.
SV: Mrs. Purcell facing arresting officers.
CU & SV: Courthouse sign and Mrs. Purcell is assisted away from court.
SV & CU INTERIOR: Mayor Sir Small in office.
CU: Sir Bruce speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: HALL: "Mrs. Purcell pleaded guilty to the charge of behaving indecently so near to a public place that any person who might be there could view her. Her a appearance arose out of yesterday's arose in a Broadbeach back yard held a protest against the Gold Coast's total ban on nudity. The police prosecutor told Mr. Jock Rutherford SM that about 40 people attended the party in full view of the beach. He said Mrs. Purcell was wearing the bottom part of a bikini when first seen by police, but later removed the bikini pants and paraded around the yard naked. She was then arrested and taken to Burleigh police station and charged."
MRS. PURCELL: "Oh no, please don't take me. I haven't done anything wrong."
HALL: "In his summing up, Mr. Rutherford said Mrs. Purcell's activities were a flagrant, planned and wilful breach of the law. Sentencing her to jail, he said her activities were so flagrant that a fine was not sufficient punishment. Mrs. Purcell burst into tears on hearing the sentence and left the court with her head in her hands, to be taken to the Southport Watchhouse. Advocates of nude bathing on the Gold Coast immediately described the sentence as savage and Mrs. Purcell also gained the sympathy of the person least likely to support her actions, Coast Mayor Sir Bruce Small."
SIR BRUCE SMALL: "I'm very, very sad to think that the lass, the offender, got it. I would have preferred to see the promoters, the provocateurs, I would have rather seen them get the penalty because they're the people I really hold as responsible for the event."
REPORTER: ANDREW HALL
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Background: There has been widespread protest in Australia after a woman was given a two week jail sentence on Monday (9 January) for parading naked on a Queensland beach in a demonstration in support of nude bathing rights. Mrs. Sandra Purcell, mother of a six-year-old boy, was arrested after the Gold Coast beach resort's Mayor, Sir Bruce Small, had ordered a ban on nude bathing. Mrs. Purcell was later released, pending an appeal against sentence. Here is a report from Andrew Hall of TVQ Brisbane.