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Why I Joined The Australian Sex Party

By Steven Bailey - 24 July 2014 41

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To understand modern politics through the Left/Right divide is to misunderstand the great challenges of our generation.

The battlelines of modern Australian politics are certainly not as clear as those of my parent’s generation. They knew it was finally time to force white man to withdraw his gun from the throats of black citizens throughout the world. They knew that it was finally time for their daughters to be afforded the same justices as their sons, and that their sons should no longer serve as the cannon fodder of international relations. They knew what time they were in because they knew… ‘It was time’.

They won many battles, but certainly not the war. Thatcher and Reagan won the war.

The political battlelines of my generation are deliberately displaced, and distorted by a political establishment that requires an ignorant electorate for its survival. We need new politicians who reject this establishment. It was my aim to oppose the establishment last year within Katter’s Australian Party, and it is my aim to do the same now with The Australian Sex Party – Canberra.

I am proud of the fact that my political debut was one where I had to fight at every turn. It was a lonely journey but one I felt I had to take – perhaps as a personal rite of passage.  I took a small political party to its most unlikely place in Australia, and every wink or nod of approval was one that I earned, and every vote, no matter how few, was a great honour.

There are too many young politicians whose conception of politics as an end stage with a script to read and a score playing in the background, but it’s really more like a delicate canvass whereon people’s hopes for a better future need to be painted with as much wisdom, strength and imagination that one can muster.

I don’t have that wisdom yet as I am only thirty years of age, but I will, because I have the conviction to take the road less travelled and in doing so an unyielding hope to make a difference.

When I made national headlines last year by supporting marriage equality, it may surprise many of you that Katter supported me. There were members of the party that tried to remove me, but in the end, I removed them. I remember Katter’s advice verbatim, ‘Steve, just stand up for what you believe in and tell everyone else to go root their boots’.

It may not have been politically expedient to split the party, but politics at its best is not for the politically expedient or the naive and selfish with small attention spans. It is not for those who seek preselection by surrendering to the conformities of the Liberal/Labor/Green machines, for even a dead fish can go with the flow. It is for those who can ‘fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run’; it is for those who can stand with a hard yet humble head when all around them, friend and foe, pull to sit you down; it is for those who understand the real battlelines of modern Australian politics.

The real battle is not between the Right and Left; it is between a corporate agenda and the public realm – and the public realm is failing. As a libertarian I reject media empires, corporate monopolies, corrupt financial systems, and social values imposed by government. As JFK said, ‘conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth’, and that is why I joined The Australian Sex Party.

Steven Bailey is the First Officer and Team Leader of The Australian Sex Party – Canberra. Through theatre, music, education, and politics, Steven believes we can make stronger communities and a better world.

What’s Your opinion?


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41 Responses to
Why I Joined The Australian Sex Party
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Grail 9:22 pm
24 Jul 14
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What I’m getting from this missive is that you joined the Sex Party because you didn’t have to contend with established representatives to get your name on the ticket.

There’s nothing in this screed that indicates what you stand for, what you believe in, and what your priorities are. What is it about the Liberal, Labor or Greens that you didn’t agree with? Why was joining a minor party the best option for you, rather than registering a Bob Katter party here in Canberra? What about running as an independent?

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shauno 6:48 am
25 Jul 14
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He joined for the attention basically. No other reason to join you will never get people to take you seriously in that party. You will get noticed though like now which is the plan I guess.

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ScienceRules 9:21 am
25 Jul 14
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The fact that Steven identifies as a libertarian tells you all you really need to know. I actually thought it was an appealing philosophy once until I heard a professional apologist speak on the subject. Turns out it’s nothing more than high school level fantasy thinking wrapped up in the mantle of “I’m allright Jack, screw you”.

The Sex Party is probably the best place for such folk, where they can be marginalised and ignored.

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joingler 11:18 am
25 Jul 14
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A good piece. Hopefully we will hear more in future about what you stand for and how you aim to combat some of the big(ger) issues in ACT.

I was one who voted for you last election. Keep fighting and make your beliefs/policies heard and (eventually) people will listen

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Steven Bailey 1:38 pm
25 Jul 14
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Grail said :

What I’m getting from this missive is that you joined the Sex Party because you didn’t have to contend with established representatives to get your name on the ticket.

There’s nothing in this screed that indicates what you stand for, what you believe in, and what your priorities are. What is it about the Liberal, Labor or Greens that you didn’t agree with? Why was joining a minor party the best option for you, rather than registering a Bob Katter party here in Canberra? What about running as an independent?

I naturally meet levels of pretentiousness greater than my own with
some disapprobation, but for you I’ll make an exception. Your
questions are legitimate. My question is, are they fair questions of
this article?

If you want me to explain why I didn’t make every choice other than
the one I did, then I’d be writing for all eternity, and something
tells me that you would receive my manifesto with the same tone as my
‘screeds’.

The article comments on the nature of modern Australian politics, and
more specifically the lack of autonomous thought in politicians who
are locked by the hip to the masters of their parties.

My article attacks the repressive or even suppressive nature of modern
politics in Australia. If you don’t think that is something worth
fighting for then so be it, but I do.

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Steven Bailey 1:40 pm
25 Jul 14
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shauno said :

He joined for the attention basically. No other reason to join you will never get people to take you seriously in that party. You will get noticed though like now which is the plan I guess.

I’m not quite sure how to respond to you. Firstly, although I’m sure
your understanding of libertarianism is well-developed, the word
libertarianism can denote a plethora of political philosophies. Just
to be clear, I don’t ascribe to an American style of pro-capitalist
economic libertarianism where corporations are given free rein to
erode the values and institutions of a public realm. That’s exactly
what I oppose with all my being. I am a democratic libertarian, which
means that society should accommodate no greater power than that of
the will of the people, and not vested interests.

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Steven Bailey 1:41 pm
25 Jul 14
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ScienceRules said :

The fact that Steven identifies as a libertarian tells you all you really need to know. I actually thought it was an appealing philosophy once until I heard a professional apologist speak on the subject. Turns out it’s nothing more than high school level fantasy thinking wrapped up in the mantle of “I’m allright Jack, screw you”.

The Sex Party is probably the best place for such folk, where they can be marginalised and ignored.

There is a family in Melbourne who needs medicinal marijuana (in the
form of an oil – with the THC removed) to keep their child alive. When
the authorities raided their home and pulled them in for questioning,
they called The Australian Sex Party. You may not take us seriously,
but many people who believe in liberties of the public do. About a
100,000 people voted for the ASP last year. We will be working
extremely hard over the next two years, and marginalisation will not
be the outcome.

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Masquara 2:25 pm
25 Jul 14
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Steven Bailey said :

I naturally meet levels of pretentiousness greater than my own with
some disapprobation.

Is there an online translator I can use for this? ; )

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astrojax 2:59 pm
25 Jul 14
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Masquara said :

Steven Bailey said :

I naturally meet levels of pretentiousness greater than my own with
some disapprobation.

Is there an online translator I can use for this? ; )

i think it’s called a ‘dictionary’, and there are many on-line; or you could go to your bookshelf and look things up in the hardcopy you have (or am i the sole owner of a real book these days?)

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Stevian 3:17 pm
25 Jul 14
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It must get boring having to constantly tell people “It’s an organization not an event”

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HenryBG 4:08 pm
25 Jul 14
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Masquara said :

Steven Bailey said :

I naturally meet levels of pretentiousness greater than my own with
some disapprobation.

Is there an online translator I can use for this? ; )

No. Try something called “going to school and paying attention”.

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HenryBG 4:09 pm
25 Jul 14
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Steven Bailey said :

. I am a democratic libertarian, which
means that society should accommodate no greater power than that of
the will of the people, and not vested interests.

I’m with you. Less laws to control the behaviour of individuals and more laws to protect them from nefarious capitalists.

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ScienceRules 5:24 pm
25 Jul 14
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Steven Bailey said :

ScienceRules said :

The fact that Steven identifies as a libertarian tells you all you really need to know. I actually thought it was an appealing philosophy once until I heard a professional apologist speak on the subject. Turns out it’s nothing more than high school level fantasy thinking wrapped up in the mantle of “I’m allright Jack, screw you”.

The Sex Party is probably the best place for such folk, where they can be marginalised and ignored.

There is a family in Melbourne who needs medicinal marijuana (in the
form of an oil – with the THC removed) to keep their child alive. When
the authorities raided their home and pulled them in for questioning,
they called The Australian Sex Party. You may not take us seriously,
but many people who believe in liberties of the public do. About a
100,000 people voted for the ASP last year. We will be working
extremely hard over the next two years, and marginalisation will not
be the outcome.

Steven, your anecdote is meaningless and contributes nothing to understanding who you are and what you represent.

I’ve just had a quick peek at the ASP’s policies on their website (take that, search history!) and they seem reasonable and progressive. Not that dissimilar to the Greens really.

Your rejection of US libertarianism is most encouraging and I withdraw my previous criticism. Perhaps you could help us understand the place of the ASP in local ACT politics as you see it. Your policies on health, transport and housing might be a good start. If you were able to take the balance of power after the next local election, how would you apply it?

Thanks.

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ScienceRules 5:26 pm
25 Jul 14
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astrojax said :

Masquara said :

Steven Bailey said :

I naturally meet levels of pretentiousness greater than my own with
some disapprobation.

Is there an online translator I can use for this? ; )

i think it’s called a ‘dictionary’, and there are many on-line; or you could go to your bookshelf and look things up in the hardcopy you have (or am i the sole owner of a real book these days?)

I think the criticism is that you shouldn’t have to use a dictionary to understand the statements of a public figure who wants to represent us all. I didn’t understand it either.

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HiddenDragon 5:51 pm
25 Jul 14
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OK Steven, let’s assume that the stars and the planets align, and you hold the balance of power in the Assembly after the 2016 election. Based on the current policies and personalities, who would get your vote for Chief Minister?

To put it in a slightly less crass fashion, would your libertarian instincts (again, based on current policies of the other parties) favour the comparative small “l” liberalism of Labor/Green on social issues, or the comparative small “l” liberalism of the Liberals on economic and other issues?

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