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Acclaim Magazine Posts New Sex Party/Lush Vid

Melbourne’s top inner-city hipster mag has posted the Sex Party’s new joint
production with celebrated artist, Lush, in a hilarious swipe at conservative political
messages. Check it out here.

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Euthanasia and Sex: Little and Big Deaths Join Forces


The Voluntary Euthanasia Party and the Australian Sex Party will come together tomorrow morning, at 11am, on the steps of Parliament House for a media conference.

Dr Phillip Nitschke and Fiona Patten will announce their formal preference swap arrangement for the Upper House, with both parties going straight to each other in Southern and Northern Metro.

Voluntary euthanasia is demonstrably the biggest single issue where both major parties are out of step with community opinion and the opinions of their own party members. The ABC’s Vote Compass poll showed that 71% of Coalition voters want voluntary euthanasia legalised while 79% of Labor voters do. However both parliamentary parties remain implacably opposed to initiating new laws.

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The Sex, Votes and Rock ‘n Roll Election Campaign


The Australian Sex Party and The Basics Rock 'n Roll Party have announced a formal preference swap in the upper house region of Northern Metro for the upcoming Victorian State election and will celebrate their union with a joint campaign through the streets of Melbourne this Sunday.

Rock n Roll and Sex will campaign together off the back of a decked-out, six metre flat bed truck this Sunday, 23rd November, with The Basics playing live for the crowds. It's a cheeky hat tip to AC/DC’s famous “It’s A Long Way to the Top”, 1975 ,truck gig along Swanston st.

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The Recent Face the Music Summit

The recent Face the Music summit held an industry forum to debate the politics of music in Victoria. I was on a panel with Liberal, Labor and Greens representatives as well as Kris Schroeder from the Basics – Rock ‘n Roll Party. Kris has had a bit of negative feedback on his contribution but I think we need a bit of perspective here in the way people perform in different forums.

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Statement on the East-West Link project

The East-West Link is a project that is ironically dividing Victorians when its stated goal was to link them. Criticisms of the project and the way it has been handled by the Napthine government are many, and many of them are well founded.

The Australian Sex Party supports transparent and open government and the Napthine government has clearly failed the test when it comes to openness and transparency regarding the East-West Link project. The Australian Sex Party cannot support the project without a public release of the full business case and an independent review by Infrastructure Australia that detailed vastly improved economic benefits. 
Claims that stage one of the East-West Link project would clear congestion in the inner city are vastly overstated. The current design lacks city access and we are concerned about the loss of green space in Royal Park. It should not proceed in its current design. Under investment in major public transport infrastructure in Melbourne must be addressed.

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Sex Party Announces Richmond Candidate

The Australian Sex Party has announced that its candidate for the District of Richmond in the coming State Election is Nevena Spirovska.

The Sex Party’s run for Richmond in the 2010 State Election drew a lot of attention. It campaigned strongly against the Green’s candidate, Kathleen Maltzahn, due to her support for what is coined the Nordic model which effectively outlaws sex work by making the clients criminals. This effectively makes sex work illegal as it was in the bad old days of the Bolte government. It would work against everything we know about the positive health outcomes of a legal industry. It is a patronising position that further stigmatises sex workers and of course their clients.

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Sex Party Attends 'Prevention, Treatment and Reducing the Harms: Alcohol and Other Drug Priorities up to 2018'

On Friday the 17th of October, the peak body representing Alcohol and Other Drug (AoD) services, the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) held a pre-election event. Representatives from The Sex Party, Labor Party, Liberal Party and The Greens joined ABC 774 breakfast host Jon Faine in discussing the future direction for alcohol and drug policy in Victoria.

The Alcohol Policy Coalition put forward five recommendations to improving the state of alcohol regulation and health outcomes in Victoria for candidates to consider. Only one candidate confirmed their parties support for recommendations including 10pm closing times for bottle shops, 3am close times for bars and restrictions on alcohol advertising.

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Drugs Debate Harmed by Journalistic Inaccuracies

The term ‘hard drugs’ makes no sense in a scientific or objective application. It’s a rhetorical device used to define what one person thinks are more problematic drugs than others - yet the science more often than not, doesn’t back this up.  For example, opiates are almost always reported to be ‘hard drugs’ and yet they are useful in many medical applications.  Amphetamines can also fall into the ‘hard drug’ category, though many of these have potential uses in psychiatry.  They also move into the recreational and personally satisfying category. LSD is frequently referred to as a ‘hard drug’ which is absurd.  

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Is it Rational to Vote ‘Sex’?

Written by The Rationalist Society of Australia

In asking this question I am prompted to ask a supplementary question - is it rational to call a civil libertarian political party, the Sex Party?

Many rational people will probably say ‘no’ and consider the word ‘sex’ to be confronting by nature. That could put some voters, who are basically supportive of the party’s platform, off the party itself. However a rational person could also accept that more people know about the party and its platform simply because of its name and have subsequently voted for it amidst the clamour of smaller parties starting to contest elections.

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