Media Releases

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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Lib Transport Plan: Not Sexy

The Australian Sex Party is today announcing its support for sustainable public transport in Melbourne and specifically the Melbourne Metro project. Party leader and Northern Metro candidate, Fiona Patten, will be out leafleting at Flinders Station tomorrow morning (Monday 10th) from 7.45am, talking to voters about the issues.

She is challenging the Liberals to provide a business model for their new public transport plan announced today and submit the plan to Infrastructure Australia.

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Sex Party Pushes for Legal Cannabis in Victoria

The country behind much of the United Nation's drug treaties and global 'War on Drugs', the United States, wrote history on Wednesday. The states of Oregon and Alaska along with Washington D.C. all legalised recreational cannabis. They have now joined Colorado and Washington in legalising the recreational market for cannabis. Several other states and cities passed changes in laws to diminish the power of punitive drug legislation. Nearly half of all the states in the U.S. Have legalised access to medical cannabis and there are many more states which will be looking to reform their drug laws in the coming years.

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Crowdsourced Private Member's Bills: Sex Party Pledge

With only weeks to go until the Victorian Election, the Sex Party has set up a new and exciting website that offers more than voting information. Its called 'We Give A F**k!' and can be found here: wegiveafk.org.au

The site contains information regarding the Australian Sex Party’s Election campaign, key Victorian Election Policies as well as an exciting first: we’re asking voters to decide on which policies they want us to raise first via Private Member's Bills - if we get elected to the Victorian Legislative Council.

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The (Upper and Lower) House of Horrors

On the eve of Halloween, the Australian Sex Party is distributing a set of un-collectible collector’s cards and asking voters not to ‘collect the set’ or risk turning Spring Street into a House of Horrors.

A record number of anti-abortion candidates are standing in next month’s Victorian state election. By default, most of them are also anti-euthanasia and anti-drug law reform. The Greens are even running a candidate who wants to turn the clock back to 50s and 60s by banning Victoria’s regulated sex work industry.

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Sex Party Announces Richmond Candidate

The Australian Sex Party has announced that its candidate for the District of Richmond in the coming State Election is Nevena Spirovska.

The Sex Party’s run for Richmond in the 2010 State Election drew a lot of attention. It campaigned strongly against the Green’s candidate, Kathleen Maltzahn, due to her support for what is coined the Nordic model which effectively outlaws sex work by making the clients criminals. This effectively makes sex work illegal as it was in the bad old days of the Bolte government. It would work against everything we know about the positive health outcomes of a legal industry. It is a patronising position that further stigmatises sex workers and of course their clients.

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