BARING ALL: Ballina's John MacGregor is preparing to march nude on Anzac Day, but his plans have stirred up local veterans.
BARING ALL: Ballina's John MacGregor is preparing to march nude on Anzac Day, but his plans have stirred up local veterans. David Nielsen

'Keep your gear on' says RSL over nudity plight

John MacGregor, 88, yesterday fielded calls from the ABC, Prime News, Channels 9 and 10 in Brisbane and A Current Affair, all seeking interviews about his bold nude protest.

Mr MacGregor plans to get his gear off in a last ditch attempt to have his actions during World War II recognised as war service and to further his campaign for himself and 14 others on his mission to be awarded the purple star.

Mr MacGregor was delighted with the response to Friday's front page story in The Northern Star.

However, his plans to 'march' naked riding his mobility scooter draped in the Australian flag during Ballina's Anzac Day march has horrified the Returned Services League.

NSW president and deputy national president of the RSL of Australia, Don Rowe, said Mr MacGregor was not showing respect for the solemnity of Anzac Day.

"We understand he believes he has a case, but he is hijacking Anzac Day for something he wants personally," Mr Rowe said.

"If he wants to do it, don't bloody do it on Anzac Day."

During the war Mr MacGregor worked with the Postmaster-General's Department and was part of a crew that helped to establish secure telephone lines across the Torres Strait.

Mr Rowe said the RSL made representations to the Department of Veteran's Affairs on behalf of Mr MacGregor and his crew mates, but the government had ruled the crew was made up of civilian employees.

Mr Rowe said Mr MacGregor should accept that decision as his crew mates had done.

Mr MacGregor said he had also been contacted yesterday by police concerned with his nude protest plans.


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