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Party Puts Sex back into Politics

By John Hargreaves - 5 January 2015 19

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Who said the Victorians were a stuffy conservative lot? How things have changed! Canberra’s own Fiona Patten MLC!
So Fiona won a seat in the Upper House in Victoria at the last elections, which saw the Liberal a one term wonder, booted out on their proverbials.

Anyone see the pickie in the papers celebrating this wondrous event? Here was Fiona posing outside the Vic Parly House with whom in the background posing in his inimitable style, propping up a pillar? Canberra’s own Jorian Gardner! Hey wait a minute!

I had a chat with a Sex Party member recently and have to say that it was a refreshing chat. The person was saying that their party wanted to have the public here understand that they stood for more than liberalising sex (strange connection here!) and taking away the taboos that plague the modern world.

They apparently have policies (or are working on them) on the environment, on public infrastructure, on community safety and a whole raft of other stuff.

Well, we’ll see when and if they field a candidate in the next ACT election.

Personally, I welcome any small party who is diametrically opposed to that radical right wing proselytising, bunch of feds who are trying to tell me how to live my life, to force their morals onto me, to force me to adopt their religious view of the world.

Anyone who makes it their life’s work to expose the draconian approach of the Religious Right who rule nationally at the moment is welcome in my political football field.

They won’t get elected, of course. Canberra is not Victoria.

There are two reasons they won’t be a chance here. One is political and the other is mechanical.

Politically, they are a fringe party and whilst the Upper House in Victoria is elected on a proportional representational basis, there were a plethora of tiny parties to share the miniscule quota necessary.
Also, to win any support, a party needs to start its publicity campaign a couple of years ahead of the election itself. Now is too late for the next election. Additionally, people in Canberra will not buy that they are not just a single issue party. We have a history of rejecting single issue parties since the debacle of the first Assembly.

The mechanical one is that of credibility. Love him or hate him, Jorian Gardner has a reputation in Canberra. And it is not a good one. Talk about a walking punching bag for those who want to discredit the party with whom he is connected!

The real reasons why he was removed as director of fringe part of the multicultural festival twice and why he departed two media outlets will be leaked out by the unscrupulous contenders who wish him discredit.

And the big rumour is that he will be the number one candidate here at the next election, having had something to do with the Sex Party’s success in Victoria. Can this be true? Will he come back form Vic to contest the ACT election?

Let’s hope Fiona and Robbie have more sense…..

NEWS FLASH; according to FB, Jorian is going to Melbourne. Ha ha! There’ll be wild times in the old town tonight!

Let’s see how the staid establishment in Melbourne deals with Mr Charisma…. I reckon the back streets of St Kilda may be recruiting grounds for a new Member for Exciting Things in the Vic Parly!

Is JG going to be the Jacquie Lambie of the Vic Parly? And will Fiona P be the Clive P of the Vic Parly? Am losing sleep already thinking about it!

So JG will be the Chief Advisor to Fiona P! My bet is that if this is true, and his media release says so, Fiona P will be a one term wonder cos JG is accident prone and his record here is not what a pollie should look for ina chief of staff. Believe me, I know!

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Party Puts Sex back into Politics
John Hargreaves 10:17 am 06 Jan 15

I just looked again at the list of policy initiatives and my oh my, what a wish list. And so tell me. How are you going to fund the free buses? How are you going to replace the over $25 million in revenue ACTION actually does generate?

And also, how are you going to achieve marriage equality from the Assembly, given it is a federal authority which has prevented ACT Labor from doing so?

But just for the record, how are you going to generate lower budget deficits (particularly after giving free public transport)? I guess the tram is for the chop! Visionary stuff yours! not!

I’ve seen this list before in various forms, usually by parties who prop up their single issue perception with unachievable promises. in this sense, promising stuff you can’t deliver is Abbottesque!

John Hargreaves 10:11 am 06 Jan 15

dungfungus said :

John Hargreaves said :

Steven Bailey said :

Dear John, Canberra’s very own Les Patterson, your career could not exactly be defined as an exemplar of integrity. Without wanting to sound cocky, some of your analysis is wrong or simplistic.

The Australian Sex Party with Deborah Avery achieved the 4th highest Senate vote in the ACT at the last federal election; we just won a seat in Victoria and now we are turning our resources to the ACT. Our staff are talented and united, and our members are intelligent, moral, and modern Australians who understand democracy to be more than the blind banner waiving, chauvinism, and lies of the two major parties. Hundreds of thousands of people voted for us directly and indirectly at the last federal election. We’ve only been alive for five years and we don’t have millions of dollars; to think that we have not made a good and early start in the ACT would be to have your head stuck in your pint of beer not realising that your friends are gone and the bar is shut.

As far as our name goes, the smaller electorates will allow us to communicate the fun spirit of our party coupled with the seriousness of our policies. As far as Jorian goes, The Australian Sex Party will use whatever ever talent it can – this is the right thing to do by our members and the ACT. As far as I go, I will be the party’s Lead Candidate and among other very strong candidates, we will have a strategy to win. And as far as you go John, well hell, we may even use you…. actually, I think we just did.

Our policies will be released well before those of our opponents. These are just some of our principles:

•Taxation and regulation of the supply of marijuana
•Drug law reform – ending the war on drugs by treating drug users like people and not wasting

money by treating them like criminals

•Free public transport
•Increased support to Canberra small businesses including red-tape reduction
•Gender & marriage equality
•Greater budget accountability including lower ACT budget deficits
•Restrictions of government and commercial data retention
•Legal voluntary euthanasia with the support and guidance of the medical community
•Non-traditional farming practice for the ACT
•A secular education system with a National Sex Education Curriculum
•Increased support for the Arts
•National Censorship Laws
•National Pregnancy Termination Laws
•Ending tax exemptions for religion
•A true voice for liberty in the ACT’s Legislative Assembly

G’day Steven. Firstly, sorry for confusing you with Jorian as Lead Candidate. I take it that you are going to be the spokesperson for the SP. Good for you. I always acknowledge the courage of any candidate prepared to stand up and be counted, whatever the result.

You have cleared up one of my points in that rioters will now see that the SP has a considered candidate and not someone with the baggage JG has. Let’s hope the popular media give you airtime at election time. I doubt it but wish you well.

The list of policies is impressive but you need to say how you can pull them off form one seat in the Chamber. Rattenbury does it, like Michael Moore before him because they had the whip hand in making government, taking 40 pieces of silver at the time. I didn’t know a ministry was worth that much.

Just remember that pollies stand or fall on the deliveries. I stood for and won four elections. That is because I have great staff and none of them had a whisper of scandal or impropriety. Just sayin’.

” I stood for and won four elections.”
Drovers’ dogs have become more scarce in recent times.

And what part of 1.3 quotas don’t you understand. I didn’t need to scrape in with 12 1/2 per cent quota in a large electorate like the Greens did and still had the balance of power. Democracy at its worst.

So which election did you have the courage to contest or are you just another armchair critic?

John Moulis 9:09 am 06 Jan 15

“The real reasons why he was removed as director of fringe part of the multicultural festival twice and why he departed two media outlets will be leaked out by the unscrupulous contenders who wish him discredit”

Actually John, Jorian Gardner was sacked by *three* media outlets – City News, WIN and 2CC. You could possibly count The Canberra Times as number four as he wrote a few articles for them after he was sacked by 2CC before his articles suddenly disappeared.

dungfungus 5:47 pm 05 Jan 15

John Hargreaves said :

Steven Bailey said :

Dear John, Canberra’s very own Les Patterson, your career could not exactly be defined as an exemplar of integrity. Without wanting to sound cocky, some of your analysis is wrong or simplistic.

The Australian Sex Party with Deborah Avery achieved the 4th highest Senate vote in the ACT at the last federal election; we just won a seat in Victoria and now we are turning our resources to the ACT. Our staff are talented and united, and our members are intelligent, moral, and modern Australians who understand democracy to be more than the blind banner waiving, chauvinism, and lies of the two major parties. Hundreds of thousands of people voted for us directly and indirectly at the last federal election. We’ve only been alive for five years and we don’t have millions of dollars; to think that we have not made a good and early start in the ACT would be to have your head stuck in your pint of beer not realising that your friends are gone and the bar is shut.

As far as our name goes, the smaller electorates will allow us to communicate the fun spirit of our party coupled with the seriousness of our policies. As far as Jorian goes, The Australian Sex Party will use whatever ever talent it can – this is the right thing to do by our members and the ACT. As far as I go, I will be the party’s Lead Candidate and among other very strong candidates, we will have a strategy to win. And as far as you go John, well hell, we may even use you…. actually, I think we just did.

Our policies will be released well before those of our opponents. These are just some of our principles:

•Taxation and regulation of the supply of marijuana
•Drug law reform – ending the war on drugs by treating drug users like people and not wasting

money by treating them like criminals

•Free public transport
•Increased support to Canberra small businesses including red-tape reduction
•Gender & marriage equality
•Greater budget accountability including lower ACT budget deficits
•Restrictions of government and commercial data retention
•Legal voluntary euthanasia with the support and guidance of the medical community
•Non-traditional farming practice for the ACT
•A secular education system with a National Sex Education Curriculum
•Increased support for the Arts
•National Censorship Laws
•National Pregnancy Termination Laws
•Ending tax exemptions for religion
•A true voice for liberty in the ACT’s Legislative Assembly

G’day Steven. Firstly, sorry for confusing you with Jorian as Lead Candidate. I take it that you are going to be the spokesperson for the SP. Good for you. I always acknowledge the courage of any candidate prepared to stand up and be counted, whatever the result.

You have cleared up one of my points in that rioters will now see that the SP has a considered candidate and not someone with the baggage JG has. Let’s hope the popular media give you airtime at election time. I doubt it but wish you well.

The list of policies is impressive but you need to say how you can pull them off form one seat in the Chamber. Rattenbury does it, like Michael Moore before him because they had the whip hand in making government, taking 40 pieces of silver at the time. I didn’t know a ministry was worth that much.

Just remember that pollies stand or fall on the deliveries. I stood for and won four elections. That is because I have great staff and none of them had a whisper of scandal or impropriety. Just sayin’.

” I stood for and won four elections.”
Drovers’ dogs have become more scarce in recent times.

HiddenDragon 5:41 pm 05 Jan 15

Steven Bailey said :

Dear John, Canberra’s very own Les Patterson, your career could not exactly be defined as an exemplar of integrity. Without wanting to sound cocky, some of your analysis is wrong or simplistic.

The Australian Sex Party with Deborah Avery achieved the 4th highest Senate vote in the ACT at the last federal election; we just won a seat in Victoria and now we are turning our resources to the ACT. Our staff are talented and united, and our members are intelligent, moral, and modern Australians who understand democracy to be more than the blind banner waiving, chauvinism, and lies of the two major parties. Hundreds of thousands of people voted for us directly and indirectly at the last federal election. We’ve only been alive for five years and we don’t have millions of dollars; to think that we have not made a good and early start in the ACT would be to have your head stuck in your pint of beer not realising that your friends are gone and the bar is shut.

As far as our name goes, the smaller electorates will allow us to communicate the fun spirit of our party coupled with the seriousness of our policies. As far as Jorian goes, The Australian Sex Party will use whatever ever talent it can – this is the right thing to do by our members and the ACT. As far as I go, I will be the party’s Lead Candidate and among other very strong candidates, we will have a strategy to win. And as far as you go John, well hell, we may even use you…. actually, I think we just did.

Our policies will be released well before those of our opponents. These are just some of our principles:

•Taxation and regulation of the supply of marijuana
•Drug law reform – ending the war on drugs by treating drug users like people and not wasting

money by treating them like criminals

•Free public transport
•Increased support to Canberra small businesses including red-tape reduction
•Gender & marriage equality
•Greater budget accountability including lower ACT budget deficits
•Restrictions of government and commercial data retention
•Legal voluntary euthanasia with the support and guidance of the medical community
•Non-traditional farming practice for the ACT
•A secular education system with a National Sex Education Curriculum
•Increased support for the Arts
•National Censorship Laws
•National Pregnancy Termination Laws
•Ending tax exemptions for religion
•A true voice for liberty in the ACT’s Legislative Assembly

Does “Free public transport” mean no direct user charges for buses (with the trams ditched), or buses and trams, with no direct user charges for either?

If it’s the latter, the “lower deficits” promise would have to mean even higher rates (rising faster than currently projected under the Labor/Green government) and taxes, or big savings elsewhere.

chewy14 5:39 pm 05 Jan 15

The irony of a former Labor party politician complaining about the Liberals wanting to control his life and force their morals on to others, Priceless.

Neither of our two major parties are interested in real Liberty, they just go about it in different ways.

Mysteryman 5:33 pm 05 Jan 15

John Hargreaves said :

Mysteryman said :

Personally, I welcome any small party who is diametrically opposed to that radical right wing proselytising, bunch of feds who are trying to tell me how to live my life, to force their morals onto me, to force me to adopt their religious view of the world.

John, your government was in the business of telling people how to live. More rules, more regulations. You ruined the Queen’s Birthday weekend for more than a quarter of a million people with your idiotic bans. You’re a hypocrite.

Sir, your vocabulary and use of the venomous does you no credit. Hypocrites say one thing and do another. You can accuse me of many things but not this! But I can see you are still smarting over the fireworks issue. shame… ask the RSPCA if they’re upset; ask the many horse owners with scars on their horses” legs; ask the environmentalists who worried for the native animals like roos who were scared out of their wits;

ask the police; ask the ambos; ask the pet lovers in this town. Your attitude is one of selfishness and unrealistic inward thinking. Canberra is still being blamed for the going off of fireworks in NSW, But the illegal trade here has diminished and we are a safer place for it.

I am proud of that piece of legislation and I would do it again. I said I would, I did and I reiterate my commitment to its ban.

It is a shame you cannot enjoin conversation or debate like Watto23 and refrain from the viciousness.

“Hypocrite” is the appropriate term for someone who governed by telling the electorate how to live though over-regulation when in power, then complains about others doing precisely that. It’s EXACTLY what you did, John, and the fireworks ban was just the tip of the iceberg. If you feel slighted by the label, then you need to think about how you’re behaving. You complain incessantly about the Federal government and you make ridiculous claims like they are “forcing” their religious views on you. When people like myself point it out, you create straw-men arguments or cry foul, trying in vain to draw attention from the things you’ve said that have no basis in reality.

For the record, I’ve spoken to a lot of people – police officers, ambos, pet lovers, parents, children, adults, managers, business owners, public servants, retail staff… the absolute majority of them were felt completely let down by your government’s decision. You made a poor choice in favour of a minority – like many that your government made – and I’m willing to bet the majority of Canberra still resents it regardless of how proud you are about it.

Masquara 5:30 pm 05 Jan 15

So good to see Jorian Gardner doing well – all those people who were so mean about him – including on Riotact – can eat crow!

John Hargreaves 4:52 pm 05 Jan 15

Steven Bailey said :

Dear John, Canberra’s very own Les Patterson, your career could not exactly be defined as an exemplar of integrity. Without wanting to sound cocky, some of your analysis is wrong or simplistic.

The Australian Sex Party with Deborah Avery achieved the 4th highest Senate vote in the ACT at the last federal election; we just won a seat in Victoria and now we are turning our resources to the ACT. Our staff are talented and united, and our members are intelligent, moral, and modern Australians who understand democracy to be more than the blind banner waiving, chauvinism, and lies of the two major parties. Hundreds of thousands of people voted for us directly and indirectly at the last federal election. We’ve only been alive for five years and we don’t have millions of dollars; to think that we have not made a good and early start in the ACT would be to have your head stuck in your pint of beer not realising that your friends are gone and the bar is shut.

As far as our name goes, the smaller electorates will allow us to communicate the fun spirit of our party coupled with the seriousness of our policies. As far as Jorian goes, The Australian Sex Party will use whatever ever talent it can – this is the right thing to do by our members and the ACT. As far as I go, I will be the party’s Lead Candidate and among other very strong candidates, we will have a strategy to win. And as far as you go John, well hell, we may even use you…. actually, I think we just did.

Our policies will be released well before those of our opponents. These are just some of our principles:

•Taxation and regulation of the supply of marijuana
•Drug law reform – ending the war on drugs by treating drug users like people and not wasting

money by treating them like criminals

•Free public transport
•Increased support to Canberra small businesses including red-tape reduction
•Gender & marriage equality
•Greater budget accountability including lower ACT budget deficits
•Restrictions of government and commercial data retention
•Legal voluntary euthanasia with the support and guidance of the medical community
•Non-traditional farming practice for the ACT
•A secular education system with a National Sex Education Curriculum
•Increased support for the Arts
•National Censorship Laws
•National Pregnancy Termination Laws
•Ending tax exemptions for religion
•A true voice for liberty in the ACT’s Legislative Assembly

G’day Steven. Firstly, sorry for confusing you with Jorian as Lead Candidate. I take it that you are going to be the spokesperson for the SP. Good for you. I always acknowledge the courage of any candidate prepared to stand up and be counted, whatever the result.

You have cleared up one of my points in that rioters will now see that the SP has a considered candidate and not someone with the baggage JG has. Let’s hope the popular media give you airtime at election time. I doubt it but wish you well.

The list of policies is impressive but you need to say how you can pull them off form one seat in the Chamber. Rattenbury does it, like Michael Moore before him because they had the whip hand in making government, taking 40 pieces of silver at the time. I didn’t know a ministry was worth that much.

Just remember that pollies stand or fall on the deliveries. I stood for and won four elections. That is because I have great staff and none of them had a whisper of scandal or impropriety. Just sayin’.

John Hargreaves 4:46 pm 05 Jan 15

Mysteryman said :

Personally, I welcome any small party who is diametrically opposed to that radical right wing proselytising, bunch of feds who are trying to tell me how to live my life, to force their morals onto me, to force me to adopt their religious view of the world.

John, your government was in the business of telling people how to live. More rules, more regulations. You ruined the Queen’s Birthday weekend for more than a quarter of a million people with your idiotic bans. You’re a hypocrite.

Sir, your vocabulary and use of the venomous does you no credit. Hypocrites say one thing and do another. You can accuse me of many things but not this! But I can see you are still smarting over the fireworks issue. shame… ask the RSPCA if they’re upset; ask the many horse owners with scars on their horses” legs; ask the environmentalists who worried for the native animals like roos who were scared out of their wits;

ask the police; ask the ambos; ask the pet lovers in this town. Your attitude is one of selfishness and unrealistic inward thinking. Canberra is still being blamed for the going off of fireworks in NSW, But the illegal trade here has diminished and we are a safer place for it.

I am proud of that piece of legislation and I would do it again. I said I would, I did and I reiterate my commitment to its ban.

It is a shame you cannot enjoin conversation or debate like Watto23 and refrain from the viciousness.

watto23 4:15 pm 05 Jan 15

Mysteryman said :

watto23 said :

Biggest issue this party has is its name. For the intelligent voter they will see past the name and look at the policies…

…and promptly vote for someone else.

well maybe. I personally always read the policies on each parties website. I agree with many of the Australian Sex parties progressive social policies (of the ones mentioned by Steven Bailey in his reply). I’m mature enough to not giggle at the name. But lets face it, the coalition won the federal election on not being Labor and telling people what they wanted to hear. It was very hard for them to win without detailing any policy in depth. Most voters can’t be bothered researching too deep into policies and would rather vote how they’ve always done, or vote on what the slogans say.

The sex party are basically very similar to the greens except more heavily focussed on a progressive social platform, vs an environmental platform. One hopes they will give each other preferences!

Mysteryman 1:23 pm 05 Jan 15

Personally, I welcome any small party who is diametrically opposed to that radical right wing proselytising, bunch of feds who are trying to tell me how to live my life, to force their morals onto me, to force me to adopt their religious view of the world.

John, your government was in the business of telling people how to live. More rules, more regulations. You ruined the Queen’s Birthday weekend for more than a quarter of a million people with your idiotic bans. You’re a hypocrite.

Mysteryman 12:29 pm 05 Jan 15

watto23 said :

Biggest issue this party has is its name. For the intelligent voter they will see past the name and look at the policies…

…and promptly vote for someone else.

Steven Bailey 12:10 pm 05 Jan 15

Dear John, Canberra’s very own Les Patterson, your career could not exactly be defined as an exemplar of integrity. Without wanting to sound cocky, some of your analysis is wrong or simplistic.

The Australian Sex Party with Deborah Avery achieved the 4th highest Senate vote in the ACT at the last federal election; we just won a seat in Victoria and now we are turning our resources to the ACT. Our staff are talented and united, and our members are intelligent, moral, and modern Australians who understand democracy to be more than the blind banner waiving, chauvinism, and lies of the two major parties. Hundreds of thousands of people voted for us directly and indirectly at the last federal election. We’ve only been alive for five years and we don’t have millions of dollars; to think that we have not made a good and early start in the ACT would be to have your head stuck in your pint of beer not realising that your friends are gone and the bar is shut.

As far as our name goes, the smaller electorates will allow us to communicate the fun spirit of our party coupled with the seriousness of our policies. As far as Jorian goes, The Australian Sex Party will use whatever ever talent it can – this is the right thing to do by our members and the ACT. As far as I go, I will be the party’s Lead Candidate and among other very strong candidates, we will have a strategy to win. And as far as you go John, well hell, we may even use you…. actually, I think we just did.

Our policies will be released well before those of our opponents. These are just some of our principles:

•Taxation and regulation of the supply of marijuana
•Drug law reform – ending the war on drugs by treating drug users like people and not wasting money by treating them like criminals

•Free public transport
•Increased support to Canberra small businesses including red-tape reduction
•Gender & marriage equality
•Greater budget accountability including lower ACT budget deficits
•Restrictions of government and commercial data retention
•Legal voluntary euthanasia with the support and guidance of the medical community
•Non-traditional farming practice for the ACT
•A secular education system with a National Sex Education Curriculum
•Increased support for the Arts
•National Censorship Laws
•National Pregnancy Termination Laws
•Ending tax exemptions for religion
•A true voice for liberty in the ACT’s Legislative Assembly

watto23 10:20 am 05 Jan 15

Biggest issue this party has is its name. For the intelligent voter they will see past the name and look at the policies (I’d assume mostly progressive on social issues). However I doubt many would vote for them, because the name puts them off and not just because its got the word sex in it, but it makes them look like a single issue party. I was disappointed with the single issue parties at the last federal and ACT election, most of them choosing to not have policies on what was deemed important issues and would develop them if they got elected!

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