The lawyer for a Brisbane man who flashed his buttocks at a police car argued in court yesterday that 'mooning' was a constitutional right and a part of the larrikin Australian character. 

The offence, which carries a maximum fine of $100, became a sticky constitutional issue when Aboriginal legal service lawyer Eugene O'Sullivan argued 'mooning' a police car was a legitimate and legal means of expression. He said it was a 'mild' political act and a protest against government authority protected under the implied freedoms of the constitution...

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Do you think `mooning` should be a Constitutional right?
The lawyer for a Brisbane man who flashed his buttocks at a police car argued in court yesterday that `mooning` was a constitutional right and a part of the larrikin Australian character.

The offence, which carries a maximum fine of $100, became a sticky constitutional issue when Aboriginal legal service lawyer Eugene O`Sullivan argued `mooning` a police car was a legitimate and legal means of expression. He said it was a `mild` political act and a protest against government authority protected under the implied freedoms of the constitution...

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18 yrs ago - Friday 5/21/04 - 5:11:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
The fact that rights have to be constitutional is a little overwhelming. No, I don't think it is worthy enough to be one.
18 yrs ago - Friday 5/21/04 - 5:35:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
Mooning as a "mild political act?" haha If I were a politician, I'd at least hope to see women's boobs flashed at me if they wanted to protest. Constitutional right? Nope.
18 yrs ago - Friday 5/21/04 - 6:13:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, but it should be my right to see any man's ass I choose.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/3/04 - 11:30:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well, if such alternative forms of communication are protected under the constitution in Australia, i applaud your country. Here in the states, if Anyone sees your butt, reproductive organs, or breasts, you get taken to jail.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/3/04 - 11:46:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know if you'd go to jail for mooning someone in America, not unless you did it to cops or kids or something. But definitely if anything else shows, that's indecent exposure which has quite a hefty fine and the possibility of jail.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/3/04 - 12:03:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd say as long as exposing your buttocks isn't expressly prohibited under some other law (such as a public indecency act), then as a form of political expression it should be legal. However, if it would otherwise be illegal, then it should remain illegal even used to express political opinions - and I'd be proud (and a bit amused) to know someone who went to jail for baring their ass.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/3/04 - 12:09:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^ Just imagine if the other imates found out what he was in for. "Why don't you demonstrate your constitutional right now?"
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/3/04 - 12:09:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I watch too much Oz...
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/3/04 - 12:12:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
mooning to be constitutionally protected.... that is just downright stupid. No.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/3/04 - 1:59:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. That's just stupid.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/14/04 - 1:08:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
mooning=fun so yes.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 6/26/04 - 1:57:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure why not.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/10/04 - 8:33:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
It shouldn't be a constitutional right. Mooning isn't appropriate anywhere. It's immature.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/10/04 - 8:50:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it should be a right. It is a form of expression. Someone just needs to step up in the US if caught, and make the argument. Of course then, they would always look at the context. For example flashers who expose themselves to make others uncomfortable would not be protected.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/13/04 - 8:13:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
um, no.
It's indecent exposure
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/18/04 - 10:58:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
No WaY! That's disgusting!
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/5/04 - 3:59:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nothing wrong with a little flesh
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/20/04 - 8:53:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
nobody wants to see some 80 year old hippie mooning someone because it's become a constitutional right. then again, if i was going to be charged 100 dollars for mooning a cop i'd probably say something like that too, anything to get out of it.
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/19/04 - 11:21:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd love the right to moon people!
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 11/27/04 - 5:55:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, I think it should be
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 7:59:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Eh, cops are just uptight about pressed hams.
O insecurity!
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/23/05 - 11:26:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't remember reading anything about the larrikin Australian character or mooning in the Australian constitution. Nor do I recall reading anything that could be intepreted as a constitutional right to moon someone.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 9/28/06 - 5:08:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's so gross and juvenile.
15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/16/07 - 12:58:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not really. People take advantage of freedom of speech!
15 yrs ago - Saturday 5/19/07 - 7:45:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
This lady got in trouble for it...

Police arrest alleged flasher


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