Mardi Gras Fair Day 20 February 2011 Victoria Park Sydney

MGFD1Mardi Gras turned on another fabulous Fair Day with the Sydney summer weather adding to the hot and sticky atmosphere. The Sex Party was out in force promoting and supporting LGBTIQ rights plus our unique brand of progressive politics. Candidate for the seat of Sydney Andrew Patterson was pressing the flesh for his NSW campaign along with Huw Campbell for his shot at the upper house.

Fair Day is so important on the Sex Party calendar as it enables us to beat the drum on equal rights, other LGBTIQ issues and connect with people who we believe make up a core constituency for the Party. With NSW more than likely to have a change of government and heading into a long era of conservative politics after polling day on 26th March it is vital to keep a keen focus on our and your issues. The increased influence of religion in politics is just one scary possible outcome of the NSW election and should be of concern to all civil libertarians.

It wasn’t all campaigning with our free sex toy raffles, temporary tattoos, penis wands, stickers and more adding to all the fun of the fair. Congratulations to Leanne Waldron for winning the raffle for the gals’ box of toys and to Jeff Hamilton for taking home the boys’ box. There are hours of pleasure awaiting the lucky winners and their friends. Ouch! A special thankyou to leading adult industry wholesaler Calvista Australia for donating the raffle goodies.

Of course we just can’t be at Fair Day without the fantastic support of our members and our volunteers who put in long, hot hours giving out flyers and tattooing bodies with our Vote 1 Sex message. A super-sized thankyou goes out to all of you. We hope to see you again real soon, helping out on the NSW election campaign.

MGFD5 Andrew Patterson: The only NSW election candidate likely to be photographed with penis wands

MGFD3 Looking in the back door

MGFD4 Getting the Sex Party on your chest

MGFD2 Volunteer Linda loves her work

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Prelude to Executions Represents Torture Under United Nations Convention

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Australian Sex Party MLC, Fiona Patten, has called on the United Nations to immediately ask Indonesia to show cause as to why it should not be struck off the list of signatories to the 1984 United Nations Convention against Torture.

“The news that Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been transferred to the execution island of Nusakambangan today, is a very sad day for all Australians and Indonesians,” she said. “The death penalty is barbaric and inhumane. Essentially what is being done to these two men ahead of their abhorrent execution is a form of torture in itself - something most thinking nations reject.”

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Thousands of Victorians expected to take LSD this weekend

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Fiona Patten MLC holding Bicycle Day commemorative blotter artwork outside Parliament

Psychedelic enthusiasts across Victoria will be taking acid (LSD) on Sunday April 19th to celebrate Bicycle Day's 72nd anniversary, marking the birth of western psychedelic culture.

Fiona Patten MLC called on the Minister to relax the prohibitionary regulations around LSD for medical research in Victoria, “Sadly, there are a couple of organisations in Victoria which would like to explore further medical research in this area but it is incredibly difficult because of the prohibitive laws. I ask if the minister would consider reviewing the legal status of some psychedelic substances in relation to medical use.”

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