Nudists protest over 'sexist' police raids on Coast beach

A PROTEST will be held at a Sunshine Coast nudist beach over a "sexist" police crackdown that has seen nudists, primarily men, fined.

The Queensland branch of the Australian Sex Party is planning a gathering on Saturday to protest the latest police actions at Alexandria Bay, Noosa National Park.

Recent evidence has emerged of police hiding in the bushes and rushing out to fine naturists.

Police admit that they have not been reacting to complaints on the day but rather consider it as ongoing "patrols" in the area.

The Sex Party has labelled the crackdown on nudists "a joke" and says police actions are discriminatory as only men and not naked women have been fined.

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"Queensland is 40 years behind the rest of Australia in legalising clothing optional beaches," Queensland secretary Robin Bristow said.

Member for Noosa Glen Elmes had promised to bus nudists to a nearby beach where the practice was encourage. The Sex Party took aim at Mr Elmes.

"Not only is this latest police action damaging the Noosa tourist economy but here we have the local state MP deliberately trying to sabotage the tourist industry by offering to bus out Noosa tourists to another town," Mr Bristow said.

"The Noosa Council and Tourism Noosa also need to step up to send a message to State Government that they would like a legal clothing optional beach within the Noosa Shire."

The Australian Sex Party is calling Glen Elmes's bluff and demanding he supply the buses at the end of the protest.

"This would be just another broken promise by Glen Elmes if the buses do not arrive" Mr Bristow said.

Queensland Sex Party president Mark McGovern said complaints had been made to Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland over claims only men were fined, not naked women.

"We have estimated that a legal clothing optional beach in Noosa would bring in some $50 million per annum to the Noosa economy, which was detailed in the Sex Party's recent submission to the Queensland Attorney-General and Police Minister," he said.

"Why is Queensland the only State without legal clothing optional beaches?"

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