If you live in the electorate of Melbourne or have a friend or family member who lives there, how about giving them a quick email to suggest voting for Fiona Patten and the Sex Party on Saturday?
Its been a very interesting campaign for the party in general and the NT Sex Party is eagerly looking on as they have a state election in late August and will be off and running next week.
The main issue of the Melbourne campaign for our members has been the falling out we've had with the Greens over preferences. Yesterday's Herald Sun article puts one side of the story. The Greens ran a candidate at the last state election who had a personal view on sex work and X rated films that was similar to Fred Nile's view and that of the Catholic Bishops. Earlier, they had run Clive Hamilton as a candidate, who was the architect of Labor's internet filter. We weren't happy about the direction of the Greens in Victoria.
But there was more to it than just a couple of backward-looking candidates. Clearly the party's machine in Victoria was also opposed to our policies. At the previous by election for the seat of Niddrie in Victoria, we had called the Greens to discuss preferences. We were told that they had already printed their card.
When the Greens how to vote cards were published, they'd put us second last, near the Christians! We put them much further up our list. Both parties got around the 10% mark. No more correspondence was entered into.
When the Melbourne by election was announced we simply assumed that the Greens were not interested in talking preferences and a few weeks out we were approached by Labor. You have to put your preferences somewhere, so assuming that the Greens would put us second last again on their ticket, we thought the number 3 option that Labor was offering was much better.
At the late stage of proceedings, when the nominations were announced, we get a call from the Greens wanting to talk turkey! Well....hello?
Anyway....our door is open to anyone who wants to talk to us. They just have to knock.
Sex Party Candidate for the Australian Sex Party
...in the privacy of the polling booth, you're free to make adult choices.
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• TOMORROW, 21st July 2012. - VOTE 1 AUSTRALIAN SEX PARTY in the Melbourne by-election. There is a Better Way!
Give us a hand to distribute How-to-Vote cards at the polling booths. It's not too late to put your hand up and volunteer for the Sex Party! If you can help out at tomorrow's Melbourne byelection PLEASE, contact us asap.
It's really easy and a lot of fun. Basically you (and your fellow Sex Party volunteers) stand out the front of the polling booth handing out How To Vote cards to voters. All the volunteers from all the different parties get along (we are all there to do the same job.)
The more volunteers we have, the more votes we will receive - it is that simple! So if you can spare some time on Saturday please contact us asap.
Other fun stuff - TONIGHT!
• Docklands Fireworks - We will be attending tonight's Docklands Fireworks.
20th July 6:30-7:30pm Fireworks at 7pm. Theme Docklands Rocks.
Wear your Yellow Tshirt as we hand out leaflets for that last minute undecided vote.
Contact Chris for more details.
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MEDIA: Melbourne By-Election News
• Sex Party threatens Google after ad spat. Sydney Morning Herald | Asher Moses
The Australian Sex Party has threatened Google with legal action after the search engine refused to run its ads on the eve of tomorrow's Melbourne by-election.
It comes after Sex Party ads were blocked by Google at the last federal election because the company - which is typically opposed to censorship - perceived the text as too racy (the ads were reinstated by Google the day before the election).
"We need to take this further. They are blatantly treating us differently to the Greens."
• Greens snub could cost preferences in Melbourne by-election. Herald Sun | Ashley Gardiner
The Greens could lose their bid for the seat of Melbourne because of a history of snubbing the Sex Party.
Preferences will be crucial in determining Saturday's by-election result, and the Sex Party will direct its preferences to Labor.
Sex Party candidate Fiona Patten said she was concerned by the "anti-sex feminist" element in the Greens.
A poll conducted this week by ReachTEL found that Ms Patten was attracting 6.1 per cent support, putting her in third place.
• By-election not the shoo-in minor party has predicted. The Australian | John Ferguson
Voters in the Melbourne by-election have been found to be deeply divided about the Gillard government's performance and the Greens face a much tougher battle to secure the seat than the minor party has claimed.
Pollster ReachTEL has unearthed deep dissatisfaction with the Gillard government among many voters in the inner-city state seat, with more than a third of those surveyed revealing they were less likely to vote Labor at Saturday's by-election based on federal factors.
• Sex Party Calls for Biker’s Rights. Australian Sex Party
The Sex Party’s candidate for the Melbourne by Election has called on the government to abandon proposals for compulsory wearing of fluoro jackets for motorbike riders and the imposition of $6,000 fees for ‘supervised training’ of new riders.
Fiona Patten said that the evidence was that the rate of motorbike fatalities in Victoria had declined by 31.6% over 10 years to 2009. “There have been a lot of new and inexperienced riders hitting the roads, no airbag-type safety developments for bikes and the number of kilometres travelled by riders has increased due to the increase of commuter riders and yet less and less riders are having fatal accidents”, she said. “So why these heavy-handed laws? There is not a scrap of evidence to suggest that lives will be saved if motorbike riders have to comply with a dress code”.
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