SEX Party

SEX Party

The SEX Party in Australia is looking to legalize marijuana, euthanasia, censorship, abortion, and tax the church.

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The Sex Party is within a nudge and a wink of getting a senator up in Tasmania, with party co-founder Robbie Swan running third on preferences behind the Liberal Party and the Palmer United Party.

Mr. Swan faces stiff competition from Labor, but if he manages to overtake its vote, he could slip into the Senate on fewer than 5000 primary votes, with Labor preferences pushing him ahead of the conservative parties.

At the close of counting, the Sex Party was about 300 votes behind Labor, after preferences. The result would be an extraordinary outcome for Mr. Swan, who splits his time between Canberra and Melbourne.

He said he would move to Tasmania ''in a flash'' if elected, and said one of his priorities would be to lobby for legal marijuana crops to be grown in Tasmania, alongside poppy fields.

''This could reverse Tasmania's economic woes,'' he said. ''It could become the marijuana capital of Australia.''

The would-be senator said his party was more than its name.

''The Sex Party we're not about sex - in the same way, the Liberal Party's not really about being liberal, and you could argue that the Labor Party's not much about organized labor these days,'' he said. ''So, the Sex Party's really about, you know, our five main policies are legalizing and taxing marijuana, euthanasia, taxing the church, abortion as a national health policy, and censorship.''

Mr. Swan is co-founder of the Eros Foundation, a sex industry lobby group, with his partner Fiona Patten, who stood as a Sex Party candidate in Victoria.

While some pundits have already excluded the Sex Party from their calculations of the Tasmanian Senate, an Electoral Commission spokesman said it was ''just too close to call''.

Most projections do not take below-the-line votes into account, but in Tasmania, about 10 percent of voters voted below the line, compared with up to 3 percent in the rest of the country.

''We don't make any predictions until we've finished counting, because it's just too close to call,'' the spokesman said.