Media Releases

Sex Party Challenges Abbott Over Tampon Tax

The Australian Sex Party is challenging Tony Abbott to commit to removing the GST on tampons and sanitary pads if he becomes Prime Minister. While essential items and services, like food, child care and health are exempt from GST, tampons and sanitary pads still attract a 10 per cent charge.

Sex Party President, Fiona Patten, said the tax was discriminatory and unfair in that it disadvantaged half the population to the benefit of the other half. She said that the only reason tampons and pads were included in the GST was because Parliament had determined them to be ‘luxury’ items.

“A Paid Parental Leave is fine but we need a scheme to benefit women who are not pregnant and this is it”, she said. “Australian women are forced to pay (on average) an extra dollar every month for pads or tampons via the GST. Per year, the GST raises over $14 million from female sanitary products. The GST on tampons is a regressive tax that hits poorer people harder whereas Paid Parental Leave is a benefit that is weighted for the more wealthy.”

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Sex Party Announces Cannabis Led Recovery for Tasmania

The Australian Sex Party has announced a radical economic plan that would see millions of dollars injected into the ailing Tasmanian economy.

The Sex Party wants to legalise and tax marijuana like alcohol and commence large-scale cultivation of cannabis crops alongside poppy crops in Tasmania and turn the state into the hemp and marijuana capital of Australia.

Sex Party President, Fiona Patten, will launch the Sex Party’s policy on channel Nine national television this morning.

She said two states in the USA had now regulated and taxed recreational marijuana with Colorado being the latest. A further ten states are drawing up plans to do the same. Twenty one states in the US have legalised medical marijuana. New Zealand has recently regulated and taxed the sale of synthetic cannabis.

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Sex Party TV Election Ads Banned

Commercials Advice (CAD), a division of Free TV and Australia’s self-regulatory body for Australian television advertising, has banned a series of Australian Sex Party TV ads advocating a policy of ‘voluntary euthanasia’. The ads had been approved for broadcast by CAD over four weeks ago on 1st August and were due to start screening today. At 4pm last Friday, when all production studio facilities had closed for the weekend and there was no possibility of changing or amending the ads, the Sex Party was told by CAD that its ads were in breach of their guidelines and unless amended, would be taken off air.

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Sex Party Campaign Ad Takes Off

The Australian Sex Party's 2013 election campaign advertisement has had 20,000 views in its first 24 hours and is making waves on Twitter.

The party's campaign video for its 2010 election, Jerk Choices, became the most watched online campaign video with a quarter of a million views.

Sex Party President Fiona Patten said that the video encapsulated the party's civil libertarian platform in a graphic way with a soft overlay of humour to cushion the message. "Its not an easy thing to get a drug law reform or euthanasia policy across to people using actors, simulated scenes and street language and still be able to broadcast it on TV", she said. "The scene where actress Sue Ingelton portrays a dying women, is quite confronting even through the laughter that the scene provokes."

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Campaign Launch: Sex Party To Announce Preferences for Seat Of Melbourne

The Sex Party will launch its Federal election campaign in Melbourne today - kicking off proceedings by unveiling its preference deal for the seat of Melbourne. The seat will likely swing on Sex Party preferences, as the state seat of Melbourne did at the last state by election.

The decision whether to preference Labor or the Greens was ongoing with frantic last minute discussions taking place last night. Will the Greens keep their seat in the lower house or will Labor claw back to get one more seat against the Coalition?

The Sex Party decides!

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Sex Party Campaign Launch: More Bang for your Buck

The Sex Party has launched its ACT Senate campaign with a call for more personal freedom and liberty and less political influence in the daily lives of people.

The party’s traditional platform includes a call to regulate and tax marijuana, to tax religious institutions in the ACT, to legalise euthanasia and gay marriage and to stop the retention of people’s data online. The Sex Party also wants to see the federal parliament double the number of Senators for the ACT to better represent the status and numbers of people living here.

Two new policies have been added to the ACT Senate campaign. The Sex Party is calling for the reinstatement of the sale of fireworks. It also wants to bring back plastic bags in supermarkets.

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Sex Party Launches In City of Churches With Religion

The Australian Sex Party will launch its election campaign in South Australia tomorrow, by calling for fair and proper taxation of religious businesses in the state.

Church owned companies include some of the most well known brands in Australia and include cereal manufacturers, insurance companies and publishers. Sex Party President, Fiona Patten said none of these businesses was required to pay income tax. “A conservative estimate shows that income tax exemptions alone to churches and religious organisations cost taxpayers nearly $20 billion a year nationally. In South Australia this could lift the general taxation base by $1.5 billion by legislating that church-based businesses pay their fair share of tax.

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Sex Party Announces Victorian Election Team

The Australian Sex Party will contest 24 lower house seats in Victoria at the forthcoming Federal Election. The party's President, Fiona Patten, will head the Senate ticket. Seats being contested range from Melbourne and most metro seats, into many of the regional areas where the Sex Party polled surprisingly well in the 2010 Senate election.

Candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds and include scientists, warehouse managers,swimming teachers, students, small business owners, social workers and musicians.

Ms Patten said that following an average vote of 7% in the past four Victorian State by elections, the party was in a strong position to influence the outcome of a few lower house seats.

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Sex Party Plan to Balance Budget

On the anniversary of its fourth birthday, the Australian Sex Party has offered the two major parties a $5 billion budget plan that does not involve increasing taxes on working families and small businesses.

Sex Party President and Victorian Senate candidate, Fiona Patten, said that Australia needed a new broom to sweep away decades of conditioned thinking on funding budgets and that new streams of finance lay just beneath the surface of the nation’s economy, like hidden seams of gold.

She called on Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott to implement taxation and regulation of marijuana in Australia and said that later in the campaign she would reveal costings and revenue forecasts for a regulatory scheme that would raise over $2 billion a year in tax revenue. “The US states of Colorado and Washington have recently taxed and regulated marijuana to their great benefit”, she said. Uruguay has also recognised the benefits of this scheme and has started the same process.   “Colorado needed new streams of revenue and found them with creative thinking and by taking advantage of an activity that was already happening.”

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Sex Party Announces Queensland Senate Candidates

The Australian Sex Party has announced its Queensland Senate candidates for the upcoming federal election.

They are Joel Murray, a 29 year old Brisbane arts administrator and law student and Kirsty Patten, sister of the Sex Party’s President and Victorian Senate candidate, Fiona Patten. It is believed that this may be the first time two sisters have run for the Australian Senate together.

The party will campaign vigorously to have marijuana legalized, taxed and regulated in Queensland as well as focusing on abortion law reform, legalizing euthanasia and same sex marriage.

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