AS Australian Sex Party candidate for Swan and the party’s only House of Representatives candidate in WA, Bret Treasure knows some people will be confronted by his party.
However, far from it being a gimmick, Mr Treasure said his party takes a strong stance on removing the stigma around sex, sexual health and sexuality and he says he’s looking forward to driving debate on subjects the major parties shy away from.
“If we were successful in making gay marriage an election issue we’d be delighted,” he said.
The new party launched its WA election campaign in Northbridge on Thursday.
Mr Treasure was campaigning on aged care last week, saying the focus on independent living among aged people has left aged care facilities uncertain about their future and leaving people for whom aging in the home wasn’t feasible without a choice.
“We’re going to have a stampede of baby boomers who will have worse aged care than their parents and they expect more,” he said.
His argument was backed up by Aged and Community Services of Western Australia released claims last week that only 40 per cent of aged care providers in WA were operating in the black with the rest eating into reserves or borrowings to stay afloat.
Mr Treasure, a marketing consultant, is also campaigning for the legalisation of X-rated material and introducing an R rating for computer games, saying the issues had been ignored because of conservative pressure.
“That’s just a consequence of politics, it has nothing to do with the general population, the general population are secular and tolerant.”
The party also opposes compulsory internet filtering.
Another policy the party is considering, but yet to officially endorse, is abolishing State Governments, which Mr Treasure acknowledges could be a stumbling block among more parochial voters.
“The real differences in Australia aren’t between states, it’s between rural and city areas,” he said.
“There is no reference in the constitution to local governments, but there’s a vast difference between Perth’s interests and somewhere like Kununurra’s interests.
“Local representation is the most powerful representation and local councils should be able to reach Canberra.”