On Sunday's world-famous Bondi Beach, topless bathing and sun-baking has been legalised by a local council.
GV & SV Bondi Beach in the 1930's (3 shots)
GV People lying on Bondi Beach in 1978
SV Women resting bare-breasted on beach (2 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO SV Bare-breasted woman walking down beach to surf (2 shots)
GV Beach inspectors walking on promenade
SV Bare-breasted woman brushing sand off things
SV Men sunbathing on beach looking at bare-breasted woman
SV Two bare-breasted women, lying on beach
SV bare-breasted woman speaking to reporter
CU ZOOM OUT TO SV Father James O'Reilly of St Patrick's Catholic Church showing petition to reporter (3 shots)
CU Father O'Reilly speaking to reporter
GV two bare-breasted women entering sea
SV PAN beach inspectors walking along beach
SV bare-breasted woman emerging from sea
SV women lying bare-oreasted on beach
TRANSCRIPT: PENFOLD: Bondi Beach in the 1030's. In those days even this was considered a little risque. But now in the 1970's, Sydney's and indeed Australia's best-known beach has shocked them again. The decision to allow topless women on Bondi was really forced on Waverly Council. In fact the women have been doing it for years. The only difference now, is beach inspectors won't be obliged to ask the basking beauties to cover up. The publicity surrounding the decision on doubt boosted the numbers at Bondi today. But for the regular sun-barkers, well it was no big deal.
SEQ. 9: WOMAN: "Ive been doing it all the time. We come down all the time."
PENFOLD: "What about when sometimes you see a bit of a crowd up here on the hil? Does that worry you?"
WOMAN: "Not really. They wouldn't be normal if they didn't like a little bit of a look, would they?"
PENFOLD: "Around the corner at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Father James O'Reilly is angry about the decision. He and his parishioners gathered the names of several hundred people who didn't like what was going on at Bondi."
SEQ. 11: O'Reilly: "I think it is wrong when it is offensive to so many people."
PENFOLD: "Back on the beach, everyone was enjoying their new freedom. The inspectors too are happy that they can get back to more important duties. Although as one commented, some of their old predecessors right now might be turning in their graves. Robert Penfold, National Nine News."
REPORTER: ROBERT PENFOLD
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Background: On Sunday's world-famous Bondi Beach, topless bathing and sun-baking has been legalised by a local council. But some local residents are less than happy about what is going on, or coming off at Bondi. A report from Robert Penfold of TCN-9.