The episode is truly inconceivable, even in a city like Sydney which has remained an “old fogey” and a puritan (a referendum last week ordered bars to remain closed on Sundays, for example).

The episode has renewed criticisms and jibing remarks against local systems of censorship.

Films, books and works of art which in Italy are at the disposal of the public are shot down here, and censored in an unscrupulous manner.

On the other hand, Sydney and the rest of Australia was cheered up – or saddened, depending on the case – by the prospect of the shortest mini-skirts one could possibly imagine.

It seems that the confiscation of David broke the camel’s back, as political authorities, sociologists and even ministers lined up to speak out against the censorship.

The only person to defend the confiscation was Minister for Customs, Don Chipp, who said, “if the public wants the reproduction of grotesque organs to continue without restriction of any sort, we may as well have a total abolition of censorship”.

But he then added that censorship is not infallible and that in appeal of its decisions one can always turn to specific commissions or tribunals.