Another month passed and the ACT branch of the Australian Sex Party gathered once more. It was unfortunate timing for the humbled members of the ASP who showed up, as the fateful day was that of the Melbourne Cup. Despite the odds (pun intended) stacked against us we gathered once more at King O'Malleys Irish pub to exchange glib remarks, news items, paraphernalia and each other's company. A pleasant time was had by all and much planning was done for the coming months. If you weren't there, you certainly missed out.

So, what's coming up in December? Well for all those politically-minded, socially-concious individuals, we here at in the Sex Party want to invite you to the first ACT Sex Party End of Year Party! Held on our regular monthly Gathering night (the first Tuesday of the month) we'll be throwing a party to celebrate... Well, whatever the hell you'd like to celebrate! Christmas? Hanukkah? The Summer Solstice? Don't care? Just want to come along? Well come and celebrate the passing of time and another year with the best political party in the ACT and Australia.

However, just to throw a proverbial spanner into the works, after much deliberation, it has been decided to have the End of Year Party at a venue different to the one that many of you know. The place we have gathered at in the past was King O'Malleys pub in the city, but it's been decided that a change might be for the best, because although we had the best of intentions at King O's, I know from personal experience that it is a place which caters mainly to people who are of a more... Conservative viewpoint. All is not lost! Many of you are familiar with the pub near the bus interchange on East Row called The Phoenix! You'll be familiar with it's welcoming atmosphere and comfortable lounging areas. More importantly than all this, however, is that it feels much less like you're walking into a warzone when you're going to a Sex Party gathering or End of Year Party at The Phoenix wearing your political views on your chest (Vote 1 SEX!)

What's the plan then? The Sex Party is a party built on the idea of personal freedoms and we're serious about those freedoms! As such we're not going to tell you what you should do at our End of Year Party, just make sure that you have a good time doing it! There'll be political enthusiasts, people who just like our policies, good beer on tap and (inevitably) people who're just there at the pub to drink, so there'll be plenty to keep an active mind entertained. Perhaps even a not-so-active mind, we are having this party at a pub after all!

Just to be clear for all those who're thinking of bringing along friends, everyone's welcome, you don't have to be a member of the Sex Party to come along and have a good time – hell, you don't even need to be a resident of the ACT!

For those who'd like the details, here they are:

Place: The Phoenix Pub
Time: 6pm
Date: Tuesday the 7th December
Dress Code: Whatever you'd like
Who's Welcome: Anyone!

Here's hoping that I see you all there on the night!

Kevin

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A Victorian parliamentary inquiry is seeking community views on the need for laws to allow people broader scope in their end of life choices.

Chair of the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee, Edward O’Donohue, said the inquiry is an opportunity for all Victorians to have their say on an issue that affects everyone.

“The Committee will be carefully examining all the issues around end of life care including palliative care, the practices of physicians assisting at this stage, practices in other jurisdictions and the current framework of legislation,” Mr O’Donohue said.

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Victorian Upper House member, Fiona Patten, said that recent record drug seizures by the AFP were nothing for the community to feel good about and that new record seizures every year simply confirmed that illicit drug use was escalating out of control.  “They simply show, for all to see, that prohibition is now a complete and utter failure as a means to regulate illicit drugs and all it does, is make crime gangs rich”, she said.

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