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Sex Takes Its Seat in the Victorian Legislative Council

Leader of the Australian Sex Party and representative for the Northern Metro region, Fiona Patten, will take her seat for the first time in the Victorian Legislative Council tomorrow.

Ms Patten is a former independent fashion designer who ran her own label called Body Politics in Canberra, during the 1980s. In the early 1990s she became CEO of Australia’s adult industry association, the Eros Association and worked on sex and censorship issues with federal and state governments for over 20 years. In 2009 she set up the Australian Sex Party in response to a lack of action on personal freedom and free speech issues, many of which revolved around sexuality and sex education. 

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Sex Party Wins First Seat in an Australian Parliament

Five years after forming as a political party, the Australian Sex Party has won its first seat in parliament.

The party’s national President and long time civil liberties lobbyist, Fiona Patten, has just been formally declared the winner of the fifth seat in the Northern Metropolitan region of the Victorian Legislative Council.

Ms Patten won with the fifth highest primary vote in the region and the support of seven other progressive parties who preferenced her highly. In opposition to her was the right wing religious party, Family First, who were preferenced highly by an equally large number of conservative minor parties.

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Legalise Cannabis, Save Lives and Improve Health and Welfare

The final report for the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey was released on Wednesday, showing that alcohol is the most problematic drug for Australians.

The Australian Sex Party are calling for stronger funding of Victoria's harm reduction and AOD (Alcohol and Other Drugs) sector this election, which provides an evidence-informed and pragmatic response to drug problems, including alcohol. Most of the current funding responding to alcohol and other drug issues goes toward enforcing prohibition on currently illicit substances.

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Sex Party To Hand Out Happy Pills At Railway Stations

The Australian Sex Party will hand out 'safe' happy pills at major railway stations in Melbourne tomorrow morning to protest the complete failure of prohibition as an effective model for regulating recreational drugs in Victoria. They will be at Caulfield, Broadmeadows, Coburg and Flinders Street train stations from 7:30am, Wednesday, 26th Nov.

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Religious parties may hold sway in Victoria upper house elections

 

The Australian newspaper has today published a story by Emeritus Professor Ross Fitzgerald who is calling balance of power in the Victorian upper house between the Sex Party and Family First. Read all about it!

VICTORIANS go to the polls next Saturday to elect a new government and the bookies have Labor as odds on favourites to win. However an even shorter-priced bet is that neither the Coalition nor Labor will have control of the Victorian upper house. This may well reside with a small party and possibly a religious one. 

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Abortion Back on the Political Agenda

Criminalising abortion could well become a reality in Victoria if the election hands balance of power in the upper house to religious conservatives. With the DLP predicted to win a seat in Western Region and Family First going head to head with the Sex Party in Northern Metro, a situation where two strongly anti-abortion parties hold balance of power is now quite real.

Sex Party candidate for Northern Metro, Fiona Patten, will be at the East Melbourne Fertility Clinic ‘defence’ tomorrow morning at what is expected to be a more heated environment than usual due to the coming election.

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Rise Up Australia Delivers Message of Hate to LGBTI Community

Rise Up Australia is ignoring the special needs of the LGBTI community in Melbourne's South-East through a motion being put forward to the local council.

Rise Up Australia's South-Eastern Metro Region Upper House candidate Rosalie Crestani is also a City of Casey Councillor. She has said that she will, ‘Eat my hat’ if most of the community is not on her side with a proposal to end LGBTI diversity training, remove signs from Gay Lesbian Health Victoria and end the 'promotion' of LGBTI interests.

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Legalise, Regulate and Tax Recreational Marijuana: Sex Party

Sex Party president and Northern Metro candidate, Fiona Patten, will introduce an immediate Private Members Bill into the Victorian Parliament to legalise recreational marijuana if she is elected.

Yesterday it was revealed that she had picked up direct 2nd preferences in the election from Labor, Greens, the LDP, Voluntary Euthanasia, Shooters and Rock n Roll parties. The Coalition placed her 6th.

She said that by following the lead of four US states who have now legalised recreational marijuana, Victoria could raise $300 million a year through a 30% excise tax. Victoria has roughly the same population as Colorado and a marginally smaller percentage of marijuana users. This year Colorado will raise $291 million in taxes on recreational marijuana.

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Fishermans Bend Public Transport Statement

The Australian Sex Party is today announcing its vision for Public Transport in Fishermans Bend.

An estimated 80,000 residents have been predicted for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area, and while public transport would appear to be vital, the major parties appear incapable of planning for it.

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Medical marijuana: Not for Victorian pharmacies or TGA

Major party plans to roll out medical marijuana in Victoria are demonstrably unclear and will not deliver the product to those who need it, according to Sex Party President, Fiona Patten.

She said the Canadian experience with medical marijuana had shown the devil was in the detail. “Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada for nearly fourteen years and they are still working on getting their system right”, she said. “The major parties in Victoria are talking about their medicinal marijuana policies but are either keeping their plans a secret or are preparing to go down a path that has already been shown to be inefficient in other jurisdictions.”

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