Seeking ugly women for Outback's lonely hearts

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Ugly women are wanted for the bachelors in the Australian Outback mining town of Mount Isa.

That's essentially what Mayor John Molony told a local newspaper recently. He claims his town has a roughly 5-to-1 male-to-female ratio, and that someone should go hunting for the "beauty-disadvantaged women" and move them into town.

Australia's 2006 census shows males make up just under 53 percent of the town's population of nearly 20,000.

Molony says he sees lots of "not so attractive" women with smiles on their faces, and implies it's because of some exciting romance in their lives.

But the women say most of the men there aren't so great. They say the word around town is: "the odds are good, but the goods are odd."

The mayor now says he was misquoted.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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