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.

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Vic Supreme Court decision reinforces need for legislative change

Member for Northern Metropolitan and Leader of the Australian Sex Party, Fiona Patten MLC, has expressed disappointment at the Victorian Supreme Court decision today in the matter of the East Melbourne Fertility Control Clinic and Melbourne City Council.

“Whilst I note that the judge in this case expressed a concern that the council has made a mistake by asking the clinic to deal with their complaint privately through the police, at least the court declared that the protestors from HOGPI (Helpers of God’s Precious Infants) were potentially causing a nuisance,” Ms Patten said.

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Allow Indigenous Traditions at all Games

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Upper House Member for Northern Metropolitan and Leader of the Australian Sex Party, Fiona Patten, has called on the AFL to examine the possibility of incorporating indigenous openings at all AFL games, something similar to a ‘Haka’ as a way of celebrating our indigenous heritage and reducing racist and bullying behaviour.

“We formally acknowledge the traditional owners of a place and hold welcome to country ceremonies at a wide range of social functions, even the opening of parliaments, so why not extend this developing tradition to sport,” Ms Patten said. “The whole issue gathered around Adam Goodes has only come about following his ‘war dance’ – which was actually more like a finely tuned and beautifully executed modern dance routine than anything else”, she said. “I think that if AFL teams were allowed to develop these short routines celebrating indigenous culture before a game then spectators would become more tolerant.”

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