08 August 2009
The Australian Sex Party -- Gets the Green Light...
This is why I love living in Australia. You just never know what is possible, which leads one to believe that all things are possible, and the knowledge that all things are possible make life a joy to live.
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has finally approved the registration application of the Australian Sex Party as a political party. The successful application was announced on the website of the AEC.
The AEC said that they had a few objections to the registration of the party. This is hardly surprising as there are plenty of people out there that are not comfortable talking about sex and probably equally as uncomfortable having sex. But, this is clearly a good decision and shows that sometimes bureaucracy can rise above the loud voices of a select few (take that as you will).
The party's convenor is Fiona Patten. It is expected she is likely to be one of the party's first candidates for office as well. Patten has an interesting history and was president of the Eros Association and Chief Executive Officer of the Eros Foundation. The Eros Association and Foundation focuses on national adult entertainment issues. Patten also has a long history as an advocate on sex-related issues and policy. So, it would be unfair to assume that this is just a gimmick and attention grabber.
The registration of the Australian Sex Party finally brings together two things that have always traditionally gone hand-in-hand, sex and politics. If you are unsure about the connection between sex and politics a quick Google search should prove enlightening for you.
The party has a website and it is worth checking out if you are keen to find out what their policy platforms are and what they stand for. The party will probably be more likely to get a seat in the upper houses of Australian parliaments. However, it is not outside the realm of possibility that they might score a lower house seat somewhere.
According to Patten, the party was established with a view to facilitating open dialogue and providing a positive platform for full and frank discussion of sexual issues. It is also likely to become an avenue to confront the negativity that is often associated with sex and anything sexual. This cannot be a bad thing, can it?
It is a system of secret ballots in Australia so you will never know where my vote goes at the next election.