ASP News & Updates

Support Safe Access Zones Rally

Join us on Wednesday 2nd September at Parliament House to show your support for the bill introduced by Fiona Patten MLC calling for 150m intimidation and harassment free 'Safe Access Zones' to be introduced around reproductive health clinics.

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Statement on Melbourne gamer meet

In early August Fiona Patten MLC was invited to attend a local meeting of gamers. When a scheduling conflict arose Douglas Leitch, Federal Director of the Australian Sex Party, agreed to attend in her stead.

When alerted to the nature of the meeting through a reddit post Mr Leitch withdrew his acceptance of the invitation.

The Australian Sex Party opposes harassment and bullying in any form.

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Celebrity activists get it wrong on Amnesty International's sex work policy

Rebecca Hiscock, University of Melbourne

Amnesty International’s recent publication of a draft policy recommending the decriminalisation of sex work has been received positively by sex workers, advocates, researchers and many feminists, academics, medical experts and human rights groups.

The policy is based on the principle of harm reduction. It is a considered response based on the experience of Amnesty International and other human rights agencies, and on a growing field of social science research. It argues that sex work occurs in a wider social, economic and cultural context and that the criminalisation of consensual adult sex work does not prevent violence. Instead, it exacerbates it.

The draft policy is being debated this week at Amnesty International’s International Council Meeting in Dublin.

Read more: Celebrity activists get it wrong on Amnesty International's sex work policy

Australia - Stop Taxing My Period

Making all tampons and women’s sanitary products exempt from Goods and Services Tax (GST) was one of the first policies of the Australian Sex Party. Tampons and pads were included in the GST because Parliament had determined them to be ‘luxury’ items, but there is nothing luxurious about cramps, PMT, strings and plastic wrappers.

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Nude Bathing Ban - Fiona Patten to Planning Minister “Stop Being a Wowser”

Member for Northern Metropolitan and Leader of the Australian Sex Party, Fiona Patten MLC, has described Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s decision to change the Nude (Prescribed Areas) ACT 1983 to disallow nude bathing at Campbell’s Cove in Werribee South as “political correctness gone mad.”

“We live in a nanny state that is increasingly enforcing more and more rules and regulations on us and this decision is just another example of it,” Ms Patten said.

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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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