Australian Sex Party
|Australian Sex Party|
|Headquarters||10 Ipswich St
Fyshwick ACT 2609
|Politics of Australia
The Australian Sex Party is an Australian political party founded in 2009 in response to concerns over the influence of religion in politics. The party was born out of an adult-industry lobby group, the Eros Association. Its leader, Fiona Patten, is the association's CEO, while the party's registered officer, Robert Swan, is the association's media director. Patten describes the party as a "civil libertarian alternative". Patten is a veteran campaigner on issues such as censorship, equality, and discrimination.
2009 federal by-elections
The party contested elections for the first time at the Higgins and Bradfield by-elections in November 2009, gaining over three percent of the primary vote in both seats, coming fourth of ten, and third of twenty-two candidates, respectively.
2010 federal election
The party contested six of 150 House of Representatives seats and all states and territories (except Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory) in the Senate at the 2010 federal election. Receiving more than 250,000 first preferences, the party won 2.04 percent of the national Senate vote. After the major parties and the Australian Greens, the Sex Party during the vote count were "neck and neck" with the Family First Party for the fourth place in the national Senate vote. The party "outpolled several more prominent minor parties and came within about 10,000 votes of Family First for the Senate in Victoria". After the party's first federal election contest, Patten claimed that the Sex Party was "now the major minor party in Australian politics":
We’ve polled better than the Greens did in their first federal election and believe that our vision of Australia as the most socially progressive country in the world is equal to the Greens environmental messages of 20 years ago.
2010 Victorian state election
The party contested seats at the 2010 Victorian state election on 27 November, and received 1.9 percent of the vote in the upper house. Labor, the Coalition, and the Greens all directed preferences to the ASP in the multimember proportional upper house.
2011–13 Victorian state by-elections
The party received 5 percent and 8 percent of the vote at the 2011 Broadmeadows and 2012 Niddrie by-elections in the absence of Liberal Party of Australia candidates. Patten contested the 2012 Melbourne state by-election, coming third out of 16 candidates, receiving 6.6 percent of the vote, in the absence of a Liberal candidate. She says the party preferenced Labor ahead of the Greens on their how-to-vote card at the Melbourne by-election due to the "anti-sex feminist movement" within the Greens, but that future preferences may change again. The Sex Party produced a split Labor/Green how-to-vote card at the 2013 Lyndhurst by-election and won 8.4 percent of the primary vote again in the absence of a Liberal candidate.
The Australian Sex Party's policy platform has been described as libertarian. It is opposed to mandatory internet censorship, and supports the introduction of a national media classification scheme, including a rating for non-violent sexual content. The ASP also supports a royal commission into the sexual abuse of children in Australian religious institutions, and is in favour of legalised abortion, gay rights, voluntary euthanasia, the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use along with the decriminalisation of all other drugs for recreational use. The party is in favour of sexual rights for disabled individuals.
The Australian Sex Party's close links with the sex industry have come under scrutiny in the media, with accusations of it being a political wing of the commercial EROS Association. Portions of their policy have been observed to have direct benefit to the EROS Association and the sex industry. Notedly, Sex Party support for legalisation of the sale of synthetic cannabis, with the majority purchased by consumers being sold at sex shops.
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