Nude bathing in the half-a-dozen or so enclosed beaches dotted around Sydney Harbour foreshore has become part of the Australian way of life.
SV Girls, topless, under waterfall at beach
SCU Reporter talks to semi-nude couple and girl on beach
SV Man in boat with binoculars
SV Nude couples walking along beach into the sea
REPORTER: "As one of the people who sue these beaches fairly regularly how do you feel about the arrests yesterday?"
MALE BATHER: "Well, we fell pretty sore about it, we've been coming down here for quite a while now and you know we come down here, it's a great place for the kids, we're out of the way, people aren't looking out of their bedroom windows and kitchen windows onto you and then you know, you can strip off and you're not worrying anyone."
REPORTER: "Are you worried about getting arrested?"
FIRST GIRL BATHER: "Um - not here, no."
REPORTER: "What was your reaction when you heard that 42 people had been arrested?"
SECOND GIRL BATHER: "I thought it was a surprise because I thought that all that sort of thing was finished, I thought people accepted it now."
REPORTER: "The police were saying that one for the reasons for the raid was that perversions were committed here o the beach ...do you thin that's true?"
SECOND GIRL BATHER: "I haven't seen any."
GIRLS (TOPLESS) UNDER WATERFALL AT BEACH: REPORTER TALKS TO SEMI-NUDE COUPLE GIRL ON BEACH: MAN IN BOAT WITH BINOCULARS: NUDE COUPLES WALK ALONG BEACH INTO SEA.
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Background: Nude bathing in the half-a-dozen or so enclosed beaches dotted around Sydney Harbour foreshore has become part of the Australian way of life.
Or so it was thought until recently, when, to everybody's surprise, vice-squad police swooped no the secluded Lady Bay Beach and arrested 42 people.
One of the reasons given for the raid was that "perversions" had been committed. But both local people and bathers alike were sceptical about this. The day after the raid "skinny-dippers" were back in force - openly defying the vice-squad action.
Television cameras did not seem to bother them either. Australian Broadcasting Commission reporter John Gilbert visited Lady Bay Beach the dy after the arrests and fond that most people wanted to tell their side of the story.
A transcript of his interview with three bathers follows: