, MELBOURNE, Jul 20 – The Australian Sex Party Tuesday promised to spice up campaigning for next month\’s elections with a manifesto "unlike Australia had ever seen before".
Party chief Fiona Patten launched a risque national campaign at a Melbourne bar, saying her policies "would make (opposition Leader) Tony Abbott\’s hair stand on end and would turn (Prime Minister) Julia Gillard\’s hair grey".
"We\’ve always been forward and we actually enjoy real action," Patten said, mocking Gillard and Abbott\’s "Moving Australia Forward" and "Stand Up For Real Action" slogans.
The party\’s policies include legalising euthanasia, decriminalising all drugs for personal use, and watering down strict anti-pornography laws.
Although sure to attract criticism from church groups and other conservative elements in society, Patten said it was time an Australian political party pushed the boundaries.
Patten said personal freedom issues affect people\’s lives more often than tax or immigration, and wanted to break down "nanny state" policies that she said had been built up over several decades by the major parties.
While the party will struggle for mainstream support, Patten remained confident of at least one Sex Party candidate being elected to the country\’s Senate.
"In the privacy of the polling booth, anything could happen," she said.
The Sex Party is running a candidate against Abbott in his Sydney electorate, a comedian who has offered to doorknock voters wearing a "mankini" — a type of bikini designed for men.