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Vote 1 The Sex Party, Says Melissa Star

September 1, 2013 – 10:11 am23 Comments

By Melissa Star:

melissastar2Michael Danby, the ALP member for Melbourne Ports recently created two different how to vote cards to “respect a minority group, the Orthodox Jewish supporters, who [he believes] would not like to preference the Sex Party at number two.”

I’m Melissa Star, the Sex Party’s candidate for Melbourne Ports. I’m a Jewish woman with an Orthodox background and I was observant for many years. I’m a member of Shira Hadasha and spoke in shule on Friday night about why you should Vote 1 Sex Party in both the Lower House and the Senate.

The Sex Party is both economically responsible and socially progressive, and like Yesh Atid in Israel we’d like to increase the separation between religion and government. We’ve grown very quickly, with 52 candidates across the entire nation, including 29 for the Victorian lower house.

One of the reasons we’re called the “Sex Party” is to end the climate of silence, shame, stigma, and ignorance about sex and sex-related issues. Party president Fiona Patten played a key role in bringing about the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse. Part of the change we want to create is to institute an age appropriate sex education curriculum in every Australian school to make sure that our kids are safe.

  • Regardless of one’s viewpoint about gay and lesbian issues and gender diversity, I believe we wall want our kids to have a happy childhood, which is why this curriculum should send the message that all kids must be safe from social and physical violence and from ostracism.

Moving to another key issue, we believe that genuine charity work should be tax exempt, but the for-profit businesses owned by religious institutions should pay their fair share. Much of the $20 billion of religious tax exemptions every year could be better spent to balance the budget and make a strong economy, or to improve our nation’s infrastructure.

There is also the issue of drugs. Over a third of Australians have smoked marijuana and billions of dollars every year are going to drug dealers and to organised crime. The war on drugs has failed, just as prohibition of alcohol did in America last century. We want to try a different approach where we legalise, regulate and tax marijuana as is done with tobacco and alcohol.

I believe that the parents, friends, and family of people struggling with drug addiction want their loved ones to get medical treatment and to survive, not to run from police, be afraid to see doctors, and risk getting a criminal record that could greatly limit their future.

We believe, based on international evidence, that decriminalisation won’t increase the number of people who take drugs, but that it will greatly reduce the number of people who die as a consequence.

I’m a strong believer in marriage equality, having personally experienced the pain that sex and gender diverse people go through when our relationships are stigmatised and ignored. It’s particularly bad if you come from a religious background and were brought up from childhood to believe your future involves marriage and children with your one true love.

Of course this doesn’t have any bearing on Halacha but do we really want to use Halacha as a basis for the laws of our multi-cultural secular nation or to impose a marriage ban on another minority group of Australians? If the Orthodox community would like secular Australians to respect its freedom, surely it should reciprocate.

I make the same argument for voluntary euthanasia, another of our policies. The existence of voluntary euthanasia laws won’t make a terminally ill Orthodox Jew take her or his own life, but it could cause people to wait longer knowing that the pain does in fact have an “off switch” if and when it becomes completely unbearable.

I’ll end this article by making clear that I am a friend to the State of Israel, and that I would never be part of any political party that has policies that would endanger the nation’s survival. I dream of a future, as distant as it may be, in which nationalist and religious fundamentalism is no longer present in the middle east, or in Australia, and that people with diverse beliefs and views can live together in happiness and in peace.

Shavua tov,

Please note:
Shira Hadasha has asked me to clarify that the shul does not endorse any political candidate or party. It has also provided opportunities to other candidates in Melbourne Ports to take questions from members and speak about their party’s policies.

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  • Alex Fein says:

    Please note:
    Shira Hadasha has asked me to clarify that the shul does not endorse any political candidate or party. It has also provided opportunities to other candidates in Melbourne Ports to take questions from members and speak about their party’s policies.

  • VOTEEkendahl says:

    A vote for Star is a vote to return Danby based on preferences. If you want a candidate that can bring real change to Melbourne Ports you’ve got to vote for Kevin Ekendahl.

  • Reallity Check says:

    A very convincing argument, but a vote for you is a vote to remove the most capable and effective Jewish Parlimentarian. I am informed that you promise to over rule Abbott on a whole lot of issues. Will you be now also challenging Abbott on him getting charities to self-regulate the billions of $ they get, including the Muslim charities that give to terrorists?

  • Leroy says:

    Great stuff Melissa. Parliament and the Jewish community need more people like you.

  • Reallity Check says:

    Sorry not to wait for a response, but actually, a vote for Ekendahl is a vote for Rupert Murdoch and for Cardinal George Pell.

  • Yaron says:

    And a vote for Danby is a vote for… well… Kevin Rudd

  • Reallity Check says:

    Rubbish, we all know that Rudd won’t win, but it’s in our interests to keep Danby in parliament. Obviously Yaron you want to give DrToben and the other right wing racists their right to vilify Jews.

  • Alex Fein says:

    On my Facebook wall, someone mentioned that the Sex Party is preferencing One Nation.

    Equally problematic is where the Sex Party gets their funding from: the porn and prostitution industries. Indeed, the party is the party political arm of the porn/prostitution lobby group, the Eros Foundation.

    The thing that makes me most angry is how disingenuous the Sex Party is about their origins and their funding. They are trying to position themselves as a libertarian party.

    They are not. They are a sex industry party with some feel-good, libertarian policies tacked on.

  • Joe in Australia says:

    Ms Star, could you clarify your reference to “for-profit businesses owned by religious institutions” that “should pay their fair share”? Particularly, which Jewish institutions would come under this heading?

  • letters in the age says:

    The Sex Party has the most witty and insightful ad this election.

    It goes something like this:

    We like to have Sex but we dont want to get f…ed over!


  • letters in the age says:

    Alex … Spot On!

    Fiona Patton is a political animal and i like her but there is no strong philosophy behind their party.

    It’s very vague.

    It’s “sleazy capitalism” so to speak.



  • Australians First says:

    Editor: This is a bizarre comment. Any more like this will be deleted and your account will be suspended.

    Is that avatar of yours is the letter dal, (corresponds to D), for the devil?

    Sex party sounds like Synagogue of Satan’s party.

  • SJ says:

    Isn’t it true that the Torah says that a man shall not dress as a woman?

  • TheSadducee says:

    The Torah says lots of things SJ – what’s your point?

  • SJ says:

    Point is, does Star have XX or XY genes?

  • Galus Australis says:

    No, SJ. That is not the point.

    Please stop this line of inquiry. Failure to do so will result in suspension of your account.

  • letters in the age says:

    My concern will be with micro parties having seats in the senate with extremist viewpoints and single issues only….

    It will be fascinating to watch the ferociously self-entitled Mr Abbott negotiate with them all….

    He! He!! He!!

    The major parties have a lot to answer , if the make-up of the Senate includes Pauline Hanson but im sure the strong support of Mr Sinodinos might prevent that from occuring..

    Its been unbelievable to see the demise of the Assange cult party especially with Dr Cannold.

    As a Jew, it would have been hard for her to do a deal with extremist parties that don’t believe in civil liberties….

    Sad and poignant to hear her exit interview on the a.b.c..


  • TheSadducee says:


    Why do you care either way? Who are you to judge this individual based on their personal life?

    Frankly, you’re some obscure blogger who operates under anonymity to avoid the same sort of inspection that you are prepared to subject others to.

    I’d suggest you head off to the Emerald City and ask the Wizard for some courage now.

  • Sadducee, please don’t engage SJ about his homophobia.

  • letters in the age says:


    Fiona Patton and her involvement with the Eros foundation..

    Thanks Galus e tal for bringing attention to this small but very significant fact.

    Lobbyists are rife in our political culture and always enter the public sphere in a very sophisticated manner..

    I don’t think middle class families progressive or otherwise will take this group seriously or will they??

  • SJ says:

    Editor: You were warned not to engage in homophobic discussion on this site. Your account has now been suspended.

  • Bree says:

    Just give me the euthanasia drugs please.

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