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.

War On The Salvos!

MoralCompas

The Salvation Army have quietly been chipping away at social reforms over the years and although they appear to do good charitable work in the community, today’s media release by Aletha Blayse puts another view forward on this. As John Howard’s advisor on illicit drug regulation the Salvos’ Major Brian Watters put the case for drug law reform back a hundred years. Tell the Salvos to stop interfering in Australia’s moral compass and get on with feeding the poor. Join the demonstration in Sydney.

White Shield Appeal Campaign
Protest Against Salvation Army

Sydney, 17th-31st July, 140 Elizabeth Street, Sydney (Salvation Army Headquarters)

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Sex Party calls for action not promises on HIV and the law

Justice

The Sex Party has called on the Victorian Health Minister to reconsider his announcement and repeal Section 19A of the Crimes Act that makes it an offence to intentionally cause a serious disease (with HIV exclusively defined as a serious disease).

Party president Fiona Patten said that the section of the Act in question was introduced exclusively to address a fear of HIV infection 21 years ago. “To remove the stigma of this discriminatory and ineffective regulation it must be removed in its entirety”, she said. “UN AIDS has stated that criminalisation of HIV does not lead to positive outcomes for the community and adversely affects people living with and without HIV.

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