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Reader comment on item: Muslim Hours at Municipal Swimming Pools in the West

Submitted by trevor_f (Australia), Apr 21, 2006 at 05:30

This news was a recent item from Victoria, Australia (2005)

Women are to be shut out of Shepparton's swimming pool each evening to allow men only to swim in privacy. The ruling will see the women barred from entering the Aquamoves centre during evening swim sessions. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal granted the Equal Opportunity Act exemption.

Reasons? They cited the needs of Muslims and men with poor body image. "Some religions require that their adherents cannot appear undressed in mixed company, except in front of their immediate family," deputy tribunal president Cate McKenzie said. Apparently, there are more than 5,000 Iraqis in Shepparton's large Muslim community. The pool already runs sessions for "women only".

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