Wet T-shirt show not demeaning women, says Oz Senator Glenn Sterle

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Melbourne, Dec 19 (ANI): The wet T-shirt competition in Australia has got an unlikely supporter - Labour party Senator Glenn Sterle who said such contests do not demean women.

Sterle has said that he supported the rights of hotels to hold such contests, reports News.com.au.

He defended the competition at a popular Broome pub, vowing to visit the event on his next trip north and backing similar competitions in Perth.

"I've told Mike (the Roebuck Bay Hotel publican) I'm going to have a look and talk to the people. I'll be at the wet T-shirt competition the next time I'm in Broome," said Sterle, a former Kimberley truck driver.

"People who say it demeans women get your feet back on the ground," he added.If there's a requirement for it and people are going to pay to see it, why not?" Sterle said when asked if a similar event should be held in Perth.

His comments come after a recent newspaper report in which Liberal MP Peter Abetz said the competition, which has a 500 dollars prize, was demeaning to women and created an atmosphere in which women were viewed as sexual objects.

Sterle said the women who entered the competitions were adult and the event was 'a bit of fun'.

"It paints all politicians as stale bottles of milk, attacking something that's just a bit of fun," he said. (ANI)

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