2 weeks as a Sex Party intern

I have spent the past two weeks interning with the Australian Sex Party, which has been fantastic. As a third year public relations student at University of Canberra, I’ve had the past three years to decide what I wanted to do. Three years ago I would have never envisaged politics.

In my first public relations class a lady named Rebecca had done her presentation on the Australian Sex Party, little did I realise that she worked here. Since that day I became quite interested in the Sex Party and what they stood for. I followed them online, watched them debate against the Family First party, watched Fiona on QandA and have done quite a few assignments on them for uni. So I thought I may as well ask if they would take on an intern.

The past two weeks have been incredible and has really opened my eyes on the world further. When thinking of a political party, you imagine a plethora of staff and unlimited resources at your whim. What I enjoyed about the Sex Party is everything you do matters, everyone is a small cohesive team which interacts, works within their means to help take on large issues. The workers that I have met here have been wonderful, they have made me feel as part of the team and have helped me when I wasn’t quite sure how to approach something.

I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in meetings, research previous polling, help with ideas for meetings and events around Brisbane Sexpo, interacting with people over the telephone, updating the database, follow the issue of Kronic and much more. This has given me an overall look at how the Australian Sex Party is run. But being able to meet Fiona was defiantly a high light, a few friends that I live with at university are definitely jealous that I had the chance to meet her.

The past two weeks have been brilliant and has given me insight into the role of public relations which will help me in my future endeavours. I would just like to say a big thank you to Robbie, Fiona, Bec, Tina and Phoebe for their help and having me around.

Senator Harradine a Worthy but Deluded Opponent: Eros

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The Eros Association today paid tribute to the man they locked horns with more times than they cared to remember. Eros CEO Fiona Patten said that he was a formidable political opponent, driven by his religious convictions and a cultural mindset stuck in the 1950s. “From the late 1980s onward, he used his balance of power in the Senate to try and roll back the supernova of eroticism that was exploding all around him”, she said. “He knew how to work a government like nobody else and was always one step ahead of them in his efforts to ban pornography. But he did not understand that the technological revolution of the 1990s was the beginning of a new way of life and that pornography was an integral part of that life. He thought if you can control the brown paper bags, you could control what was in them.”

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Corbell’s Crackdown on Drugs Misses the Mark: Sex Party

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ACT Attorney General, Simon Corbell has sided with the old style prohibitionists by introducing new drug laws in the ACT Parliament today. Australian Sex Party President, Fiona Patten, said the laws will continue to fail and will be rejected by Canberrans’ progressive attitudes.

She said marijuana and heroin had been banned for almost 100 years in Australia but were never more popular than now. ‘It is disappointing to see a Gen X Attorney General, supporting the same tired old prohibitionist policies that ignorant politicians used to ban alcohol as far back as the 1920s’, she said. ‘We support his moves to reduce the numbers of young people going to jail for personal possession of drugs but it is disingenuous in the extreme to try and separate out different ends of the recreational drug market and makes saints out of one end and sinners of the other. Reducing the harm done to people and society by recreational drug use requires a holistic approach based in the health portfolio - not in the criminal justice one.’

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