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Published on Wednesday, February 4, 2004

The cheek of it!

The Ghan, the first passenger train to cross Australia from south to north, was given a warm welcome on arrival in Darwin yesterday – a mass “moon” involving some 60 men and women. According to the Daily Telegraph’s Australia reporter Nick Squires, the train was met by women bearing their breasts and men displaying their bottoms, as the train arrived in the capital of the Northern territory at the end of its journey. There were dozens of dignitaries, including former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, on board the train as it completed its 47-hour journey from Adelaide. One photographer, who captured the incident on film, reportedly told the newspaper: “There were about 60 of them lined up. That’s the outback for you – you’re pretty much free to do what you want.”

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  • Cultural North

    What is wrong with this. Bearing your bum or breasts is a wellknown tradition among the people of Darwin and is a strong part of their cultural identity.

    By Slips Catcher, Tuesday, February 10, 2004

  • Let's pray there weren't any American children there!

    Hopefully there weren't any American children on that train. As we have heard lately, it is very damaging for them to see breasts. It is ok, though, to see someone being killed or maimed or other type of violence.

    By Gerd Larsen, Saturday, February 7, 2004

  • What a bummer

    I have heard of a 21 gun salute before but a 60 bum salute really takes the cake!

    By Sunny, Wednesday, February 4, 2004

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