Deborah Avery, Sex Party for the Senate, Candidate Questionnaire, Election ’13

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Deborah

Sex Party Candidate Deborah Avery has sent in her answers answers to the questions you asked, and Robbie Swan gave us the answers to some you didn’t.

Candidates, the readers of RiotACT are your voters and they have questions for you! If you’d like to answer those questions and prove you care what your voters think then email us at contact@the-riotact.com.

You can find the questions here.


1. What are your views on euthanasia?

People should be able to die when they want to and not when the state tells them they can die. Your Life – Your Choice. Your Death – Your Choice.


2. Do you support a High Speed Rail Link between Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne?

Yes. Long overdue. Four hours to Sydney on a train means you can almost drive there and back in the same time. Why don’t they start a horse and buggy service from the Jolimont Centre and at least you get to smell the countryside. With a good horse it would only be a couple of hours longer.


3. Are you comfortable with the distribution of wealth in modern day Australia?

Of course not. You only need to walk around the lane ways behind Garema Place or check out the bushes behind the Canberra Theatre to see that there are plenty of people sleeping rough each night. Labor took away pensions for single mothers and made life tough for widows. Abbott hasn’t addressed this. There are thousands of mainly baby boomer women who have nothing to retire on. They all live the life of Riley up there on Capital Hill and couldn’t give a S*** about poor people. They just keep paying themselves more. Politician’s wages are the best gauge as to how the wealth gap is widening.


4. Recent polling (Auspoll) shows housing affordability to be a critical issue for a majority of Australians, with 84% of respondents saying it was important to them or their families, putting housing affordability ahead of issues such as education, border security, the NBN and NDIS.

The same poll also revealed that 84% of respondents also believe that Australia is not performing well on housing affordability.

Australian Governments are failing badly on this issue of critical importance to Australians.
What would you do to improve housing affordability?

Build more and cheaper houses! That’s obvious. But where does the money come from? We don’t know. We don’t pretend to know and can’t possibly know without access to government facts and figures.


5. To me the NBN seems like a great idea, can you tell me why you think it’s ace/a dumb idea.

Well it’s not unlike a fast and affordable rail link. It’s something we need to carry us into the 21st century and beyond. It also has the capacity to reform voting in elections which is still a corrupt system under the preferential voting system we have. The AEC still will not accept candidate nominations for elections via email – only by fax or by hand. They will not accept candidate deposits by electronic funds transfer or Bpay… only by bank cheque or cash. Most people under 25 have never heard of a bank cheque and only criminals and dope dealers carry around the large sums of cash that parties need to stump up at election time. The reason they are fearful of the technology is that it’s not reliable enough. NBN should change that.


6. Do you think cyclists should be registered?!

Yes, and restauranteurs, Young Liberals and bush walkers. They’re all a worry.


7. What is your position on gay marriage?

Missionary. With soft pillows. We support equal rights in all areas of society for all people. Equal equals democracy. Our Queensland Senate team is the first openly all gay Senate ticket ever, for the Senate.


8. Would you be willing to cross the floor on matters of strong personal conscience or of significant concern for your electorate?

Yes. We are the only party that allows people to join if they are members of another party (I’m a member of another party too). So crossing the floor and voting with another party on a matter of conscience is built into our party structure.


9. What are your views on the NSA collecting private information of Australian citizens and corporations, of the Australian government’s participation in similar programmes, and of the apparent silence of Australian politicians on the matter?

F** them!!!! No data retention of any kind. If a politician says ‘If you’re not doing anything wrong, you’ve got nothing to hide’ we say ‘if you’re not doing anything wrong why should you have your data retained!’


10. We hear so much negativity about the opposition when election time rolls around– what three things do you consider to be positive about any of your opponents and why?

Zed’s hair. Kate Lundy’s brain. Simon Sheik’s soul.


Bonus question?

Hang on…there’s no place here to put something that the parties want to say. Can we have just once space at the beginning or end to say something we want to say as well as what you want us to say. Fair’s fair. We take the time to fill this in, surely we can have one answer without a question.
Thank you.

The Sex Party wants to see cracker night brought back. Many families and community groups loved the traditional cracker night and it was only John Hargreave’s cat that caused fireworks to be banned from the ACT. Between the police and emergency services it should not be too hard to allow permitted bonfires and licensed fireworks again without any real problems developing. It’s a right of passage for many kids and the one opportunity they get to see a big blaze up front and personal. They love it.

Wowserish politicians have banned fireworks and the suburban bonfire because someone might get hurt and a few dogs go apeshit. Big deal. That’s no reason to ban it for everyone. The wow factor is being taken out of life for many people now because of political correctness.

And while we’re on it. Bring back the plastic bags in supermarkets! I know 20 people who have 20 of those 15 cent indestructible Coles and Woolies brand bags in the back of their car and they are multiplying. Coles and Woolies are making a fortune on these bags at our expense. Supermarkets should be made to pay for an environmental bag that breaks down within a few weeks to made available, at their cost, in all ACT supermarkets. This experiment has not worked and there are more indestructible bags in the environment now than ever.

Robbie Swan
Registered Officer
Australian Sex Party


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69 Responses to Deborah Avery, Sex Party for the Senate, Candidate Questionnaire, Election ’13
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Masquara Masquara 9:14 pm 25 Sep 13

UPDATE: Canberra resident and Sex Party co-chief Robbie Swan has just been excluded from the Senate race in Tasmania. Perhaps he would have done better than Deborah Avery in Canberra (unlike Avery, he probably knows better than to tell the locals they’re lucky they’re not being called c**ts)

pepmeup pepmeup 7:56 pm 05 Sep 13

angrymotorist1 said :

Deborah: Please explain how you will be able to bring back fireworks after winning a seat in the Senate?

I’m not the candidate, but I would imagine that should the sex party poll at say 4+% then the Libs would see this as an issue that brings votes, thus at the next territory election they may pick up the policy. If the sex party poll well above 4 odd percent both parties might look at it.

Masquara Masquara 7:08 pm 05 Sep 13

I voted today … Sheikh 1 and all the way down through layers of vicissitude to Avery 27. Done!

angrymotorist1 angrymotorist1 7:43 pm 02 Sep 13

Deborah: Please explain how you will be able to bring back fireworks after winning a seat in the Senate?

Ltdttm Ltdttm 10:21 pm 01 Sep 13

If people are confusing GetUp with the Rise Up Australia Party we are in big trouble. They could not really be further apart politically. The Rise Up corflutes seem to make em seen fairly normal. Anyway I noticed a big Sex Party sign today, bring back the fireworks, how many votes to you think there are in Crack night?

Lillypilly Lillypilly 1:15 am 26 Aug 13

LSWCHP said :

Freewheeling said :

The Katter guy was also there with a big sign saying you can’t trust Zed, that seems a little personal and negative.

Personal and negative? Check.
Completely accurate? Check.

Absolutely. +1

LSWCHP LSWCHP 9:40 pm 25 Aug 13

Freewheeling said :

The Katter guy was also there with a big sign saying you can’t trust Zed, that seems a little personal and negative.

Personal and negative? Check.
Completely accurate? Check.

BimboGeek BimboGeek 8:09 pm 25 Aug 13

Deborah said :

Was chatting to a shopper today and he told me he was voting Rise Up Australia because he liked the work they did on the live export ban. Um, er, you mean Get Up?! Wonder how many other voters will make the same mistake?

Oh dear! There’s nothing OK about that.

Masquara Masquara 7:17 pm 25 Aug 13

Deborah said :

Was chatting to a shopper today and he told me he was voting Rise Up Australia because he liked the work they did on the live export ban. Um, er, you mean Get Up?! Wonder how many other voters will make the same mistake?

Yep I suspect indeed that Sheikh will trump you come September 7. Let me give you a word of gratuitous advice: I think you need some tactical training in not bringing positive attention to your rival’s policies. (Oh and I noted Poetix’s point that calling women voters “chickies”, as you did the other day, isn’t a good idea. It will certainly devalue any feminist or anti-misogynist comments you make in future. )

Freewheeling Freewheeling 6:41 pm 25 Aug 13

Sex Party were at the Raiders today, had signs the whole way in, seemed to be pushing fireworks and motor sport for Canberra, I got one of the flyers and the other policies were plastic bag ban and censorship. The Katter guy was also there with a big sign saying you can’t trust Zed, that seems a little personal and negative.

joingler joingler 6:08 pm 25 Aug 13

Deborah said :

Ltdttm said :

Another interesting piece in Fridays Canberra times:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/expect-plenty-of-fireworks-from-sex-party-candidate-20130822-2set1.html

This story was in the Most popular all day Friday, maybe the sex party could be the surprise packet among the also rans in this years election, they could get 2%

That’s not the first time I’ve been described as a surprise packet. Lots of positive feedback about our policies – and about my boots (must be the surprise they’re not CFM boots given my description as a bogan).

Was chatting to a shopper today and he told me he was voting Rise Up Australia because he liked the work they did on the live export ban. Um, er, you mean Get Up?! Wonder how many other voters will make the same mistake?

Uh-Oh

poetix poetix 6:07 pm 25 Aug 13

By the way, in regard to your answer to Q6, it is ‘restaurateurs’, not ‘restauranteurs’. No ‘n’ before the second ‘t’. A bit like spelling bogan as boga, but in reverse.

No need to thank me. I am happy to provide such vital services free of charge.

Deborah Deborah 5:37 pm 25 Aug 13

Ltdttm said :

Another interesting piece in Fridays Canberra times:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/expect-plenty-of-fireworks-from-sex-party-candidate-20130822-2set1.html

This story was in the Most popular all day Friday, maybe the sex party could be the surprise packet among the also rans in this years election, they could get 2%

That’s not the first time I’ve been described as a surprise packet. Lots of positive feedback about our policies – and about my boots (must be the surprise they’re not CFM boots given my description as a bogan).

Was chatting to a shopper today and he told me he was voting Rise Up Australia because he liked the work they did on the live export ban. Um, er, you mean Get Up?! Wonder how many other voters will make the same mistake?

Ltdttm Ltdttm 11:57 pm 23 Aug 13

Another interesting piece in Fridays Canberra times:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/expect-plenty-of-fireworks-from-sex-party-candidate-20130822-2set1.html

This story was in the Most popular all day Friday, maybe the sex party could be the surprise packet among the also rans in this years election, they could get 2%

FioBla FioBla 3:59 pm 22 Aug 13

johnboy said :

Every time I pay 10c for a bag I think of Mr Gillespie and smile.

Autoerotic asphyxiation.

bundah bundah 2:37 pm 22 Aug 13

pepmeup said :

some more info on the ACT Sex Party campaign from their website, found this media release today:
http://www.sexparty.org.au/news/media-releases/1633-sex-party-campaign-launch-more-bang-for-your-buck.html

More bang for your buck?

I could see that one coming a mile away..

vet111 vet111 2:32 pm 22 Aug 13

BimboGeek said :

vet111 said :

it saddens me that as humans, we place our own entertainment above anything else. I guess what I’m getting at is because we like cracker night and we find it fun, we think it’s ok that a significant number of animals will be terrified.

Well, now you know how vegans feel when normal people tell us “Oh, I can never stop eating meat! I like the taste!”

Bimbogeek – I can totally understand that, and you have my sympathies (even though I can’t stop eating meat because I love bacon too much….)

vet111 vet111 2:31 pm 22 Aug 13

Deborah said :

vet111 said :

OK, I just wanted to weigh in on this statement:

‘Wowserish politicians have banned fireworks and the suburban bonfire because someone might get hurt and a few dogs go apeshit. Big deal. That’s no reason to ban it for everyone.’

Deborah, I like everything else you’ve said in both your questionnaire and your comments, but I find this statement quite offensive and I think it might alienate you from some voters. To me, this statement indicates a laissez faire attitude to animal welfare. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no wowser or rabid (pun intended) animal welfare liberationist, but I just thought this showed a callous disregard for the very real and genuine consequences of cracker night on domestic animals.

For the record, I am against cracker night for this very reason but I would certainly have been interested to read your thoughts on how to negate this issue if cracker night was brought back.

Did you have anything further to add on this point?

That statement was written by the Sex Party’s PO. For me, PERSONALLY, cracker season was always a big deal because I had a German Shepherd with Addison’s Disease who was terrified of the big bangs. But we coped – I kept him inside with me and if I needed to go out he’d come with me.

Yes, it was a pain in the butt but so were thunderstorms! I’ve collected strays during both and when I’ve returned the animals the owners have had a whinge about them being scared by the bangs. So why not keep them inside? It seems some people forget their responsibility as a pet owner doesn’t stop with just feeding them daily.

I acknowledge that animal welfare is an issue during cracker season but I hope that with more education (the tv ads before the ban were great) the message would eventually sink in. KEEP YOUR ANIMALS INSIDE! I would support 100% of the license fees be paid to the RSPCA for community education and additional staff hours during the cracker season. It’s a community event – let’s engage the community!

I live in an area that would glow from space with all the Xmas lights. The week before Xmas is a total smozzle getting in and out of my street – road blocks, hundreds of pedestrians and drunk teenagers late into the night. It’s a pain but you know what? It’s a week of inconvenience and the community spirit is lovely. I see fireworks as the same. Inconvenient for some but wonderful for the majority. Scary for some animals, but again, manageable by their owners.

Please know that animal welfare is a serious issue for me as demonstrated by my lifestyle choices.

Deborah – thank you so much for this response, it’s much appreciated. It’s good of you to take the time to explain your position, and I think your approach is an interesting one. Best of luck.

pepmeup pepmeup 2:18 pm 22 Aug 13

some more info on the ACT Sex Party campaign from their website, found this media release today:
http://www.sexparty.org.au/news/media-releases/1633-sex-party-campaign-launch-more-bang-for-your-buck.html

Deborah Deborah 2:17 pm 22 Aug 13

vet111 said :

OK, I just wanted to weigh in on this statement:

‘Wowserish politicians have banned fireworks and the suburban bonfire because someone might get hurt and a few dogs go apeshit. Big deal. That’s no reason to ban it for everyone.’

Deborah, I like everything else you’ve said in both your questionnaire and your comments, but I find this statement quite offensive and I think it might alienate you from some voters. To me, this statement indicates a laissez faire attitude to animal welfare. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no wowser or rabid (pun intended) animal welfare liberationist, but I just thought this showed a callous disregard for the very real and genuine consequences of cracker night on domestic animals.

For the record, I am against cracker night for this very reason but I would certainly have been interested to read your thoughts on how to negate this issue if cracker night was brought back.

Did you have anything further to add on this point?

That statement was written by the Sex Party’s PO. For me, PERSONALLY, cracker season was always a big deal because I had a German Shepherd with Addison’s Disease who was terrified of the big bangs. But we coped – I kept him inside with me and if I needed to go out he’d come with me.

Yes, it was a pain in the butt but so were thunderstorms! I’ve collected strays during both and when I’ve returned the animals the owners have had a whinge about them being scared by the bangs. So why not keep them inside? It seems some people forget their responsibility as a pet owner doesn’t stop with just feeding them daily.

I acknowledge that animal welfare is an issue during cracker season but I hope that with more education (the tv ads before the ban were great) the message would eventually sink in. KEEP YOUR ANIMALS INSIDE! I would support 100% of the license fees be paid to the RSPCA for community education and additional staff hours during the cracker season. It’s a community event – let’s engage the community!

I live in an area that would glow from space with all the Xmas lights. The week before Xmas is a total smozzle getting in and out of my street – road blocks, hundreds of pedestrians and drunk teenagers late into the night. It’s a pain but you know what? It’s a week of inconvenience and the community spirit is lovely. I see fireworks as the same. Inconvenient for some but wonderful for the majority. Scary for some animals, but again, manageable by their owners.

Please know that animal welfare is a serious issue for me as demonstrated by my lifestyle choices.

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