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Sex Party Rises Again

The Australian Sex Party was re registered again today by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The party had been de registered in May following a much publicised dispute over the way in which party membership numbers were estimated by the AEC.

The party's founders, Fiona Patten MLC and registered officer, Robbie Swan, said the exercise had shown them that AEC staff were a hard working and diligent group of public servants who had been completely hung out to dry by successive federal governments.

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Sex Party’s Fiona Patten Calls For Leaders to Grow Up

"Tax Increase is Not Tax Reform"

Victorian Upper House MP and Federal Leader of the Australian Sex Party Fiona Patten has called for a sensible, “grown up” discussion on tax reform following calls from New South Wales Premier Mike Baird, backed by the Prime Minster, to raise the level of the GST to 15%.

“The idea of increasing or broadening the GST is a debate which this country should have,” said Ms Patten. “All options need to be considered, however I think it is worth noting that simply increasing a tax is not ‘tax reform’ – on that the government is sadly falling behind. Having not even followed through on most of the recommendations of the Henry Tax Review published some five years ago it’s about time this issue was bought to the forefront.”

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Support! Don't Punish

Today (Friday June 26) Melbourne will join more than 150 cities across the world for the global advocacy campaign 'Support! Don't Punish' which calls for drug policies that prioritise public health and human rights.

"Over two million Victorians have tried cannabis and some point," said member for Northern Metropolitan and Sex Party Leader Fiona Patten. "Over half a million those of are regular users, yet every day in 2014, nearly 8 people were charged for cannabis possession."

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Wrongs Amendment Bill an Outdated Idea of Justice

Victorian MP Fiona Patten yesterday voted against the controversial Wrongs Amendment (Prisoner Related Compensation) Bill 2015. The Bill proposed a number of changes to the Wrongs Act related to the compensation a prisoner’s family may receive if the prisoner is injured while incarcerated.

“Forcing courts to consider prior criminal history in relation to compensation creates an inappropriate link between prior wrong doing and current psychiatric injury,” said Ms Patten. “Such conflation equates to a double punishment, a penalty beyond what a court has ordered.”

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Australian Sex Party MP Fiona Patten Calls on Premier for Increased Resources for End of Life Inquiry

Victorian Upper House MP and member of the Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee Fiona Patten, has called on Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew’s to make extra resources available to the committee's inquiry into End of Life Choices.

“This is one of the most important investigations that the Legal and Social Issues Committee will deal with,” said Ms Patten. “Starting out with a strong focus on euthanasia, this inquiry has widened its scope and will be dealing with a range of end of life choices including the role of palliative care, advanced directives and other matters. It is only proper that the committee be fully resourced so it can examine all of these end of life subjects.

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Medical Cannabis suppliers & users should not face charges until we have considered laws and finished trials

Victorian MP for Northern Metropolitan Fiona Patten has today again called on Premier Daniel Andrews and Police Minister Wade Noonan to create an amnesty for those legitimate suppliers and users of medical cannabis following the police raid and subsequent charges laid against a Carrum Downs couple.

“Whilst the Victorian Law Reform Commission is examining the issue of decriminalisation of medical cannabis, and trials get ready to commence in conjunction with New South Wales and Queensland, the Victorian Police shouldn’t be raiding the homes and charging those who are providing pain relief to many people, including to children, who suffer from terminal or chronic illness,” Ms Patten said. “I stood in Parliament last week and called on the Andrew’s Government to provide an amnesty from prosecution whilst we sort this situation out , all the while the Victoria Police are sending teams of officers to well-known medical cannabis suppliers.”

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FIONA PATTEN SAYS AUSTRALIA NOW AN INTERNATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT ON SAME-SEX RIGHTS

Victorian Member for the Northern Metropolitan region, Fiona Patten, has called on all sides of politics to make a stand for equality following the overwhelming vote in Ireland that gave same sex couples the right to marry.

“Here we have a deeply religious country in Ireland, a country that only two decades ago decriminalised homosexuality, giving same-sex couples the equal rights and freedoms the rest of their citizens enjoy “ Ms Patten said. “It’s a message that politicians not only in Victoria, but across the nation should heed. It’s now time to move forward on this debate.

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Crime Commission Report: ‘Blueprint for Regulating Illicit Drugs’, MP.

Yesterday’s release of the Australian Crime Commission report on organised crime, is all the proof that Tony Abbott needs to end prohibition as a regulatory model for controlling illicit drug use in Australia.

Victorian Upper House member, Fiona Patten, said that recent record drug seizures by the AFP were nothing for the community to feel good about and that new record seizures every year simply confirmed that illicit drug use was escalating out of control. “They simply show, for all to see, that prohibition is now a complete and utter failure as a means to regulate illicit drugs and all it does, is make crime gangs rich”, she said. “In fact, prohibition provides organised crime with most of its funding. For any politician to look at this report and say we are winning the war on drugs by trying to prohibit them, is to admit to a form of insanity”.

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Sex Party To Vigorously Appeal Federal Party Deregistration

The Australian Sex Party will vigorously appeal a de registration notice from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) handed down today.

Registered Officer and co founder of the party, Robbie Swan, said the party was shocked and amazed that from an established membership list of 6,000 people, with an elected member in the Victorian Parliament and with a legitimate claim to be the major minor party, the AEC could find that the party did not have 500 bona fide registered members.

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Prelude to Bali 9 Executions Represents Torture Under United Nations Convention

Australian Sex Party MLC, Fiona Patten, has called on the United Nations to immediately ask Indonesia to show cause as to why it should not be struck off the list of signatories to the 1984 United Nations Convention against Torture.

“The news that Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been transferred to the execution island of Nusakambangan today, is a very sad day for all Australians and Indonesians,” she said. “The death penalty is barbaric and inhumane. Essentially what is being done to these two men ahead of their abhorrent execution is a form of torture in itself - something most thinking nations reject.”

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