ASP News & Updates

Melbourne youth push for more comprehensive sex education in schools

By Claudia Jambor

A group of Melbourne Girls College students have put the importance of sexual education on the agenda at the YMCA Youth Parliament.

The team tabled their Bill at Youth Parliament, proposing the shared delivery of sexual education between teachers and a subordinate body of specialised teachers to better educate on topics often overlooked such as misogyny and homophobia.

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Fiona Patten: Inmate's Rights Go Up In Smoke

Member for Northern Metropolitan, Australian Sex Party Leader Fiona Patten MLC, has urged the Victorian Corrections Minister Wade Noonan to immediately overturn the ban on smoking in correctional institutions which takes effect today.

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Conservatives should embrace same-sex marriage

Russell Blackford, University of Newcastle

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In the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, decided on 26 June 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled by a 5-4 majority in favour of same-sex marriage. The majority judges have held that state governments must license same-sex marriages and recognize same-sex marriages lawfully licensed and performed elsewhere.

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Historic Move on X Rated Films in Victorian Parliament

The first motion to legalise X rated films in an Australian state was tabled in the Victorian Parliament this morning by Fiona Patten.

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Budget Speech from Fiona Patten MLC

I would like to make a brief contribution to budget debate

Victoria needs economic stability and innovation, and I am not sure that this budget provides it.

With optimistic growth assumptions and robust revenue predictions this budget pins its hopes on a best possible outcome as it relates to the state's finances. Whilst I am heartened by the Governments optimism, I have concerns that it will only take a small piece of the jenga puzzle to be pulled at the wrong moment for it to all come crashing down.

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Hiding ethics classes from parents is bad faith

Matthew Beard, University of New South Wales Canberra

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Several weeks ago, NSW Premier Mike Baird found himself under scrutiny for allegedly cutting a deal with Fred Nile to reduce parents' ability to be aware of the option of ethics classes as an alternative to Special Religious Education (SRE) – or “scripture” – in NSW Primary Schools.

Although the allegations of a deal were denied, Nile and other faith groups would still prefer that the NSW Government approve policy that would make parents aware of the availability of ethics classes only after they had decided against SRE. The implication being that only non-religious families would be likely to have their children enrol in ethics classes, because the existence of such classes would only be made known after a parent has opted out.

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The Other Mrs Williams

Op Ed by Fiona Patten, MLC.

Last week the Wrongs Amendment (Prisoner Related Compensation) Bill 2015 was passed in the Legislative Council. The Greens and myself voted against the Bill while the rest of the Upper House voted for it.

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End Of Financial Year Donation to the Australian Sex Party

Your support has been invaluable and now we’re calling upon our supporters to help us fund the next Federal election campaign.

Will you make an end-of-financial-year donation to the Australian Sex Party's campaign to win its first seats in Canberra?

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Candidate Call Out

The Australian Sex Party are seeking expressions of interest from those who wish to run for the party in the next Federal Election.

The Party already have one elected Parliamentarian, Fiona Patten: successfully elected in 2014 to represent the Northern Metropolitan Region in the Victorian Upper House.

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Q&A Homophobe Bingo with Fred Nile

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