Of course they cooked a hash cake with a bright pink icing penis on top for our ACT election candidate bake-off: they’re the civil libertarian Australian Sex Party.
What was more surprising was that joining lead candidate Steven Bailey in this Kaleen kitchen were two other candidates, sex worker Venus de Siren (aka Monique Shepherd) and the party’s newest recruit, Andrew Dewson.
Dewson is running in Yerrabi, and had until last week been publicly positioning himself as an independent candidate.
Mr Bailey was pleased Mr Dewson was joining the fold.
“This is actually big news, because Andrew has been running for twelve months as an independent and he has finally seen the light that the Sex Party is the fourth most voted for party in Canberra, and we’re going to win a few seats,” Mr Bailey said.
The Sex Party team’s cake consisted of zucchini, flour, vanilla, nutmeg, walnuts and marijuana (both stirred through the mixture and sprinkled on top).
“I don’t actually smoke it myself, but I think would die for the right for other people to smoke it,” Mr Bailey said.
“We want to treat cannabis as a medical issue, not a legal issue, so let’s stop putting people behind bars for using drugs and let’s start helping them.”
The beetroot penis is to remind voters who might otherwise choose to vote informal by drawing a phallic symbol on their ballot paper that they should instead consider voting Sex.
“The reason that we didn’t get 4 per cent [in the Federal Senate election], where we would’ve got $32,000 of public funding, was because many drew this [gestures to pink penis] on the ballot paper,” Mr Bailey said.
“People, please, do not draw penises on the ballot paper. If you’re going to draw a penis, just vote for the Sex Party.”