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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?

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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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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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