My first public exposure as a candidate last night at the Central Mag candidate forum!  And it went well - plenty of applause.  A good start.

Having got registered officially as a candidate for Sydney yesterday (woohoo!), last night we managed to squeeze our way into the "meet the candidates" forum in central Sydney.  We hadn't been invited to sit on the panel - that was limited to Lord Mayor Clover Moore (the sitting independent MP), and the three candidates from Labor, Liberals and the Greens.  The Christian Democrats (a classic oxymoron if I ever heard one!) had also squeezed in at the end, so just as well the Sex Party was there to balance it out.

Well last night was not really inspiring from the privileged panel candidates if you're a Sydney voter.  Clover couldn't stop talking about her achievements as Lord Mayor.  The Green, the Liberal and the Labor candidates all gave the stock standard platforms we hear from those parties.  The only stand out exception was Sasha Blumen (Labor) who has borrowed our drug policy and told the voters that drugs should be a health issue not a criminal one.  Well, good on him, but he's not going to be popular with Labor head office for that little gem, because decriminalisation is so not their policy or their position.  They've been in power here for 16 years and have done nothing to reform the drug laws.

After the 90 minute panel for the privileged "gang of four", the Christian Democrat (his bio said he was a former sex addict? Ha!) gave some of the most right wing moralising you'll get to hear anywhere.  It was like listening to a tele-evangelist.

In my allocated 4 minutes I tried to do justice to our stand on civil liberties, equal rights (especially gay marriage, and equality and protection for sex workers), less corruption and greater transparency in government, as well as some of our local issues in the city of Sydney, namely transport and open spaces.  My two best received (judging by applause) suggestions were that, firstly, Sydney needs a full-time MP and a full-time Lord Mayor, not one in the same as with Clover.  Also my view that Barangaroo should be one big park for all residents to enjoy, not another feeding trough for property developers, brought cheers of approval from the crowd.  It was interesting that all the 4 panel candidates are pro-development of Barangaroo, including the Greens and Clover.

The Sex  Party for Sydney on 26 March!!!

Read more about the candidate forum here.

Sex Party bid to legalise sale of X 18+ porn films in Victoria to stop sexually violent movies

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MATT JOHNSTON HERALD SUN JUNE 25, 2015

X-RATED porn films should be legally available for sale in Victoria to cut the supply of dangerous black market products featuring violence, the Sex Party says.

Australia Sex Party MP Fiona Patten has moved to overturn the ban on X 18+ films in Victoria, moving that the Legislative Council take note that such videos “contain real depictions of actual sexual activity between consenting adults in which there is no sexual violence”.

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Fiona Patten: Inmate's Rights Go Up In Smoke

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Member for Northern Metropolitan, Australian Sex Party Leader Fiona Patten MLC, has urged the Victorian Corrections Minister Wade Noonan to immediately overturn the ban on smoking in correctional institutions which takes effect today.

“The riots at Melbourne Remand Centre should not have come as a shock to the Minister or Premier, prison officers or Victoria Police,” said Ms Patten. “It’s naive to think that when you erode the rights of an individual who has precious little freedom in the first place they are going to just sit back and take it. Obviously they are going to feel further marginalised and this is exactly what has led to the trouble at the Ravenhall Maximum security facility.”

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