Aug 10th 2009 By Jeremy Taylor
In Australia, a brand-new political party with a controversial name is attempting to shake up and titillate the status quo.
The Sex Party was launched last year
, but it was only a few days ago that Australia's electoral commission ruled that its name was not obscene, and cleared it to run candidates
. While the party only has 3,000 members, its leaders believe this newly declared legitimacy will make the Sex Party a factor in national elections.
However, political scientist Geoff Cockfield (really) doubts the party will make a dent, and dismisses its agenda of preventing government censorship of the Internet and ensuring the sexual rights of the disabled, among other sex-related reforms
, as "tilting at windmills."
But there is little doubt that this new party will be a bonanza for headline writers, who can now have all sorts of fun with phrases like "screwing the voters" and "orgy of corruption."
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