Australian fined for 'mooning' Queen
Brisbane - A man was Tuesday slapped with a $803 fine for flashing his
buttocks at Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Australia last year - and
said he would do it again.
Sydney barman Liam Warriner, aged 22, pleaded guilty to one count of public
nuisance during the 85-year-old monarch's tour of the Queensland capital
Brisbane in October.
A second charge of wilful exposure was formally dropped by police prior to
The Brisbane Magistrates Court heard Warriner dropped his trousers and ran
alongside the queen's motorcade for 50m with an Australian flag clasped between
his buttock cheeks, Australian Associated Press reported.
He told police it was a political protest to show his contempt for the
monarch and elitist groups, the court heard.
Outside court, Warriner said he would do the same if other dignitaries
"Any self-important, self-propagating elitist, I will happily bare my
buttocks to," he said.
Tens of thousands of people turned out to welcome the queen on a 10-day tour
of Australia that took her to Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
The queen is warmly regarded in Australia, a former British colony where she
is head of state, though from time to time debate flares about whether ties to
the monarchy should be cut and the nation become a republic.