Election 2016 : Sex Party looks to Labor as door closes on the Greens
Sex Party launches NSW candidate
Prison reform, drug reform and taxing religious institutions is top of the list for Professor Ross Fitzgerald, the Sex Party’s newest senate candidate, who rates his chances at winning a seat in NSW and shaking up the system.
Bill Shorten’s chances of holding inner Sydney seats have been enhanced by the Australian Sex Party’s likely decision to direct preferences to Labor.
The progressive small party is intent on paying back inner-city Greens rivals for supporting the Turnbull government’s reforms to the Senate.
In Sydney to announce the Australian Sex Party’s NSW Senate team ticket, the party’s only parliamentary representative, Victorian Upper House MP Fiona Patten, said Labor would likely get their preferences in the seats of Sydney and Grayndler. The party was also considering standing in a third seat.
“The door has closed for the Greens in inner city Sydney.” she said.
“At the last Melbourne by-election we got nearly seven per cent of the vote and we could have some impact on those [Sydney] inner city seats,” she said.
“We spoke to them at length prior to them supporting this [Senate] legislation and I don’t think we should be rewarding them for really trying to close the door on parties like ourselves.”
Ms Patten was hopeful Labor would return the favour by helping her party’s NSW Senate campaign , Evan Hughes, Labor’s man opposing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Wentworth, attended the Senate campaign launch and said he would happily letterbox for the Australian Sex Party.
Historian and author Professor Ross Fitzgerald will head the party’s NSW Senate ticket.
He said the Greens had become a blight that negated their pretence to be progressives.
“Its so hypocritical for the Greens to join forces with the Coalition and XenophonÃ¢â‚¬â€¹ and make life so difficult for minor parties, forgetting that they were a minor party themselves,” he said.
Professor Fitzgerald said his key platform included taxing religious institutions, supporting same sex marriage and dying with dignity legislation, prison reforms to include dealing with alcoholism, addiction and illiteracy rates among parolees and the legalisation and taxing of marijuana.
The Australian Sex Party started in 2009 as the political arm of the Eros Foundation, an umbrella lobbying group for the sex industry but expanded over time to adopt a range of socially progressive policies. After several unsuccessful attempts at politics, Ms Patten won her Victorian Upper House seat in 2014 with three per cent of the vote. She has since established a strong reputation as a reform figurehead.
Professor Fitzgerald said the major parties were telling Australians they had to get the budget back in the black while they were willing to spend billions on defence.
“‘The Greens are silent and the Coalition and the Labor party are rejoicing that it has been decided to spend $50 billion, not on tackling homelessness or illiteracy or Aboriginal disadvantage, but to build 12 French diesel-electric submarines. This is despite the fact that they may well be obsolete before they hit the water and that New Zealand can do without any submarines at all.”
Professor Fitzgerald delivered a straight-laced speech, dipping below the plimsoll line only once: “If you’ll excuse the pun, thank you all for coming.”
So saying, the Australian Sex Party Senate team repaired to a nearby cafe named after the patron saint of lost causes, St Jude.
Damien Murphy, Sydney Morning Herald, May 12, 201
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