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Ban the Bikini!

12 September 18

Australia was a different planet in 1961, and PLB’s intrepid Archive Detective Ian Lording has trawled the dusty files of the ABC for this startling four minutes from the fledgling Four Corners TV program proving just how alien it really was.

Said Ian: “Have a look at the autocrat (Harry High Pants) with the yak black and white hat exercising his authority at about the 3 minute mark. I would have made his life difficult back in the day!”

Description of the segment from the ABC:

In the early years of Four Corners, there was a recurring ‘Voice of the People’ segment in which a reporter – usually Keith Smith, who was well known for his ability to talk to just about anyone – went out into the streets to ask regular Australians a particular question. In this segment from September 30th, 1961, Keith asks the denizens of Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach whether they think the bikini should be banned. At that time, there were regulations about how skimpy the controversial bikini swimsuit could be, and beach inspectors roved the sands to enforce the code.



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