Australian state poll candidate champions the bare necessities

Sydney – A candidate running in an Australian state poll stripped off at an electoral commission office today in a bid to highlight the rights of nudists, a report said.

Stuart Baanstra disrobed at the central Sydney building before being ushered away by security, carrying a sign saying “nude is not rude”, according to the AAP news agency.

Speaking outside the commission room, where he arrived wearing a robe and a bow tie bearing the Australian flag, Baanstra said he was a nudist and a gay man who “believes in the rights of people to live without clothes”.

Baanstra, who is standing as an independent for a upper house seat in the New South Wales state election later this month, made the bold move during a draw to determine the position of candidates on the ballot paper.

He was swiftly bundled out of the room, but later revealed he had been wearing a black G-string.

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