Media Releases

Thousands of Victorians expected to take LSD this weekend

Psychedelic enthusiasts across Victoria will be taking acid (LSD) on Sunday April 19th to celebrate Bicycle Day's 72nd anniversary, marking the birth of western psychedelic culture.

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Pictured: Fiona Patten MLC holding Bicycle Day commemorative blotter artwork outside Parliament
Fiona Patten MLC called on the Minister to relax the prohibitionary regulations around LSD for medical research in Victoria, “Sadly, there are a couple of organisations in Victoria which would like to explore further medical research in this area but it is incredibly difficult because of the prohibitive laws. I ask if the minister would consider reviewing the legal status of some psychedelic substances in relation to medical use.”

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Abbott out of step: Ice cop not the answer

 “When will our leaders finally wake up to themselves and realise that ‘waging a war on drugs’ doesn’t work – never has and never will,” said Fiona Patten, MLC Member for Northern Metropolitan.

“It may be news to some advisors in the Prime Minister’s office but recent statistics provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) show that there is no ‘ice epidemic’. In fact use of the drug has barely changed from 2001-2014. What has changed is the shift in use from the powdered form of methamphetamine to ice, and that those who use the drug are using more frequently. The potency of the drug has also increased which exacerbates the drug’s harmful effects.”

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PRESS RELEASE: A new name that hits the spot

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New Political Force in Victorian Upper House as Shooter’s and Fisher’s merge with the Australian Sex Party to create “The Sex Pistols”

The Australian Sex Party leader Fiona Patten and Member for Northern Metro in the Victorian Upper House, has today announced that she will join with the Shooters & Fishers Party in a merger to create a new political group - The Sex Pistols.

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It's Time to talk about Voluntary Assisted Dying

Dorothy Hookey knew what she was doing when she took her own life. She intentionally took a lethal drug that ended the pain suffering that she had decided to no longer tolerate. That her husband Graham Hookey is now under investigation by Victoria Police is not only painful for his family and the memory of his late wife who had made her intentions completely clear, it is also both a waste of Police resources and completely out of step with community attitudes towards dying with dignity.

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Further Evidence of Failed Drug Policy Demands Rethink

Comments over the weekend from Victorian Coroner Audrey Jamieson at the International Medicine in Addiction Conference, highlight the need for a complete overhaul of drug policy by the Andrews' Labor Government, says Fiona Patten, MLC for Northern Metro.

“You’re five times more likely to die from prescription drugs or alcohol than from illegal drugs, so why isn’t the focus on these areas?’ said Ms Patten. “The prescription drug diazepam alone contributed to the deaths of 168 Victorians last year. Compare that with the 52 deaths attributed to methamphetamine and you can easily see where the government is going wrong in their drug policy.”

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Want to stamp out the criminal element in Bikie Gangs? Then IT’S TIME for Drug Law Reform

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It has been reported that criminal gangs are targeting Victoria specifically because of the “easy money” that can be made from the sale of illegal drugs – and no wonder. Victorian Police Detective Superintendent Peter De Santo claims that the price of a kilo of the drug known as ‘ice’ is around $5,600 in the United States, where-as in Australia it can fetch up to $300,000. Similar price differentials seem to apply for the sale of other illegal drugs such as marijuana.

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Prelude to Bali 9 Executions Represents Torture Under United Nations Convention

Australian Sex Party MLC, Fiona Patten, has called on the United Nations to immediately ask Indonesia to show cause as to why it should not be struck off the list of signatories to the 1984 United Nations Convention against Torture.

“The news that Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been transferred to the execution island of Nusakambangan today, is a very sad day for all Australians and Indonesians,” she said. “The death penalty is barbaric and inhumane. Essentially what is being done to these two men ahead of their abhorrent execution is a form of torture in itself - something most thinking nations reject.”

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Boycott Indonesia!

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In the wake of national outrage about the proposed executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran and the lack of political will to stop it from happening, the Australian Sex Party is asking Australians not to travel or holiday in Indonesia as a form of protest.

Sex Party leader and Victorian Upper House member, Fiona Patten, said Indonesia needed to be aware that the repercussions from executing Australian citizens could affect its economy for decades if they went ahead with the barbarism.

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Drug Testing More Important Than Ever

Victorian party-goers have been issued a health warning about a potentially deadly substance being sold as 'Ecstasy'.

Harm Reduction Victoria's peer education program DanceWize, issued the warning last Thursday following reports from the community that the drug PMA/PMMA is being sold as the much safer and sought after drug, MDMA.

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Labor Backflip on East-West Link Compo – Gee, Who Would Have Guessed?

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Upper House Member for Northern Metro, Fiona Patten, says she isn’t surprised that the new Andrews government is now backing away from its commitment to ensure that the Victorian taxpayer won't be saddled with a massive compensation bill, following its decision to cancel contracts for the East-West Link project.

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