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Anything goes at Australia resort

Nudist beach
Tourism bosses expect bookings to drop by a third in 2009

An Australian holiday resort in north Queensland will hold a month-long, nude "anything goes" party in March aimed at combating the global credit crunch.

The White Cockatoo resort in Mossman, has been inundated with inquiries, reports the Courier Mail newspaper.

A local bishop said he was concerned about "the moral code of behaviour" of people going.

The event comes at a time when the tourist industry in Australia is suffering from the economic downturn.

Three years ago the controversial resort banned partner-swapping after police were called to evict six people when a party got out of control.


Tony Fox, the owner of the resort said he was lifting the self-imposed ban as "tough economic times call for stiff measures".

People in tropical north Queensland are extraordinarily creative
Val Schier, Mayor of Cairns

"It will be a hedonism resort, where anything goes for a month. It doesn't take rocket science to work out what it means," Mr Fox said.

The Bishop of Cairns James Foley asked: "You've got to wonder what sort of people go and why.

"Where is the moral code of behaviour and how do you stop jealousies and fights," Bishop Foley said.

However Cairns Mayor Val Schier said she was not opposed to the month of hedonism.

"As long as it is with consenting adults, then there is no problem," Ms Schier said.

"People in tropical north Queensland are extraordinarily creative."

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