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Sex Party to Speak at Drug Forum Today

This afternoon, Fiona Patten joins Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge, Labor's Gavin Jennings and The Greens' Colleen Hartland to discuss Victoria's alcohol and drug issues.

The event will be hosted by Jon Faine and will see candidates from all four parties debating and discussing issues around alcohol, licit and illicit drugs, harm reduction, prevention and treatment.

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Sex Party Calls for Porn Audit at Spring Street

In the wake of the ‘porn scandal’ enveloping the parliament, the Australian Sex Party has called on the Victorian Government to tell the public what level of personal transaction is acceptable for an MP or staffer to engage in, while they are representing their constituents.

Party President and Upper House candidate for Northern Metro, Fiona Patten, said that, if elected, she would move to have a simple questionnaire answered by all MPs and staffers that might throw up some interesting facts and help set some reasonable guidelines.

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Sex Party Announces Mental Health Policy: Hypocrisy, Guilt and Discrimination

The Australian Sex Party’s mental health policy for Victoria clears away stereotypical images of those with mental health issues and seeks to replace them with non-judgemental profiling.

Sex Party President, Fiona Patten, said one of the main problems in dealing with mental health was that people were too quick to judge a mental disturbance in others while failing to acknowledge their own mental issues.

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Sex Party Tops Political Music Chart

Music Victoria have released their 2014 State Election scorecard (attached) and the Australian Sex Party has come out on top. The Coalition, Labor and Greens remain out of tune by scoring very low on committments to live music.
 
The Australian Sex Party's Live Music policy directly and explicitly acknowledges the priorities identified by the hard-working organisation Music Victoria and seeks to take this focus to the 2014 State Election.

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Global Drug Law Reform and The Sex Party

The Australian Sex Party's drug policy supports the recommendations put forth by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which is a group of former Presidents of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland Join With Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, George Shultz, Paul Volcker and others.  The GCDP have announced recommendations for a major paradigm shift in global drug policy. 

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Sex Party Says Call Off the Dogs

The Australian Sex Party has called on NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scippione, to call off the sniffer dogs at this weekend's Defqon1 music festival in Sydney.

Last year, a young Melbourne man died after he took three ecstasy pills after seeing a police sniffer dog operating at the Defqon1 gate. Australian Sex Party President, Fiona Patten, said the young man’s death was completely avoidable and that sniffer dogs are known to cause people to overdose rather than get caught. “Young people take drugs at festivals and they generally have a good time, without any serious negative health consequences,” she said. “People are generally aware of the risks involved with their substances and will not do silly things like take everything at once. But then they see the dogs at the gate and they freak out. Sniffer dogs cause more deaths than not having them”.

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Ice Freezes Good Drug Policy

The Australian Sex Party support the reduction of harms associated with drug abuse and the implementation and funding of services and policy options that are informed by evidence.

The release of the final report into the 'Inquiry into the Supply and Use of Methamphetamines, particularly 'Ice', in Victoria' is a welcome look into drug abuse issues in Victoria and options to address these. However, the Victorian Government's announcement of expanding the sniffer dog program has raised concerns for its focus on punishing users, rather than allocating the funding to vital harm reduction and support services across the state.

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Spend Chaplaincy Budget on Sex and Relationship Education: Sex Party

Following yesterday’s announcement by the federal government that it will ask the states to administer their own chaplaincy budgets, the Australian Sex Party has challenged both the Victorian Liberal and Labor parties to channel the funds into sex and relationship education for students instead.

In 2010 The Victorian Treasury costed the Sex Party's sex education policy and found that for as little as $6million, a sex education curriculum could be provided to all schools for four years.

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Sex Party to Give Evidence at Tomorrow’s Senate Committee Hearings on Drugs

Australian Sex Party President and Upper House candidate for the coming Victorian election, Fiona Patten, will give evidence to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee meeting in Melbourne tomorrow.

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Sex Party calls for action not promises on HIV and the law

The Sex Party has called on the Victorian Health Minister to reconsider his announcement and repeal Section 19A of the Crimes Act that makes it an offence to intentionally cause a serious disease (with HIV exclusively defined as a serious disease).

Party president Fiona Patten said that the section of the Act in question was introduced exclusively to address a fear of HIV infection 21 years ago. “To remove the stigma of this discriminatory and ineffective regulation it must be removed in its entirety”, she said. “UN AIDS has stated that criminalisation of HIV does not lead to positive outcomes for the community and adversely affects people living with and without HIV.

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