Sex Party calls for a National Dress like a Biker Day

The Australian Sex Party has proposed a "National Dress like a Biker Day" as an organised protest against the Queensland government’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws that restrict people’s rights to socialize with who they want to.

The call is for tens of thousands of non-biker Australians to dress in leather jackets, denim, chains and insignia in public places.

Sex Party President, Fiona Patten, said that freedom of association is one of the primary civil liberties that every Australian should be able to enjoy. “The laws enacted by the Newman government and by governments elsewhere in Australia, threaten this basic freedom, just as other laws have threatened the right of workers to unionise or for protesters to congregate” she said.

She said that the application of these laws could easily be extended to disrupt any activity deemed inappropriate by a government on a moral crusade. “Today it’s the type of clothing that people are wearing in public. Tomorrow it could be whether you are circumcised or not or whether you have a particular type of tattoo or even a particular hair style”, she said. “If we can mobilise a few thousand people to dress like a bikie for a day and walk around Australian cities with a few friends, we might just see the police unable to cope with an action like this”.

Ms Patten said that there were better ways to address the problems associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs, their dealings in the illicit drug trade and the associated violence. “The Australian Sex Party has long campaigned for drug law reform that would take the profits out of the hands of criminals. This is the way to deal with criminal activity, not trying to shut it down through freedom of association laws which affect all Australians.”

She said that no Australian should be faced with prison when their only proven crime was associating with two other persons in a manner deemed inappropriate.

Fiona Patten on Late Night Live with Phillip Adams

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Fiona appeared as a recent guest on Phillip Adams’ Late Night Live with Josie Delap, the British home affairs correspondent for The Economist. They discuss Delap's article on sex work and technology in the current issue of the magazine. Listen here.

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