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Crime Commission Report: ‘Blueprint for Regulating Illicit Drugs’, MP.

Yesterday’s release of the Australian Crime Commission report on organised crime, is all the proof that Tony Abbott needs to end prohibition as a regulatory model for controlling illicit drug use in Australia.

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. “In fact, prohibition provides organised crime with most of its funding. For any politician to look at this report and say we are winning the war on drugs by trying to prohibit them, is to admit to a form of insanity”.

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Sex Party To Vigorously Appeal Federal Party Deregistration

The Australian Sex Party will vigorously appeal a de registration notice from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) handed down today.

Registered Officer and co founder of the party, Robbie Swan, said the party was shocked and amazed that from an established membership list of 6,000 people, with an elected member in the Victorian Parliament and with a legitimate claim to be the major minor party, the AEC could find that the party did not have 500 bona fide registered members.

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Prelude to Bali 9 Executions Represents Torture Under United Nations Convention

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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Boycott Indonesia!

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In the wake of national outrage about the proposed executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran and the lack of political will to stop it from happening, the Australian Sex Party is asking Australians not to travel or holiday in Indonesia as a form of protest.

Sex Party leader and Victorian Upper House member, Fiona Patten, said Indonesia needed to be aware that the repercussions from executing Australian citizens could affect its economy for decades if they went ahead with the barbarism.

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Drug Testing More Important Than Ever

Victorian party-goers have been issued a health warning about a potentially deadly substance being sold as 'Ecstasy'.

Harm Reduction Victoria's peer education program DanceWize, issued the warning last Thursday following reports from the community that the drug PMA/PMMA is being sold as the much safer and sought after drug, MDMA.

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Labor Backflip on East-West Link Compo – Gee, Who Would Have Guessed?

Fiona Patten MLC

Upper House Member for Northern Metro, Fiona Patten, says she isn’t surprised that the new Andrews government is now backing away from its commitment to ensure that the Victorian taxpayer won't be saddled with a massive compensation bill, following its decision to cancel contracts for the East-West Link project.

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POLICE GO OVERBOARD ON PERSONAL DATA ACCESS

FIONA PATTEN MLC

Fiona Patten, newly elected MLC for Northern Metro, has today expressed serious concerns around the overuse of authorisations by Victorian Police to obtain people’s phone and internet data.

“The revelation that Victoria Police are seeking access to citizen’s personal electronic data at least 1200 times per week is shocking,” said Ms Patten. “Law enforcement access to personal data should be subject to strict judicial oversight not at the whim of any officer as seems to be the case throughout the state.”

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MLC Slams Music Festival Drug Busts

New member of the Victorian Legislative Council, Fiona Patten, has called on the Premier to abandon the use of sniffer dogs at music festivals and to ignore small amounts of marijuana carried by patrons.

She said the arrest of 40 people last night at the Above and Beyond music festival was not in the public interest and would do nothing to stop unsafe drug use in Victoria.

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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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