The Australian Sex Party says it will champion GLBTI issues as a priority following its election campaign launch last week.

Sex Party convenor Fiona Patten — who will run for a Victorian Senate seat against Greens hopeful Dr Richard Di Natale, Labor’s Senator Stephen Conroy and Family First Senator Steve Fielding — said about 40 percent of Sex Party candidates identified as gay and lesbian.

“Fundamentally we’re a civil liberties party, but we’re also a party that prioritizes equality for all,” she told Southern Star.

“So while some of the other parties have a policy supporting same-sex marriage, for us it’s a priority.”

Patten said the party opposed a ‘nanny state’ and differed from the Greens because of its business background.

“From an economic position, we’re very much in the centre and we’d be working with government rather than trying to oppose them,” she said.

“The Greens have got a very large agenda, they’re also becoming a major party so they’re having to answer to far more people these days than they did when they were first starting 20 years ago, which means they have to move far more to the centre in social policy.”

The Sex Party will run on a central anti-censorship platform, opposing the Gillard Government’s proposed internet filter; and will push for a national classification scheme for adult material.

“It’s archaic to think we’ve got different moral standards in different states. What would be acceptable in Melbourne would not be acceptable in Brisbane; what is acceptable in Canberra is not acceptable in Sydney. We really need to get into the 21st century,” Patten said.

“I don’t think the government has any role in deciding or choosing what Australian adults view, I’d like them to focus more on looking at what children view and leave adults out of the picture.”

Bound to keep the campaign interesting, comedian, Austen Tayshus (Alexander Gutman) has announced he will run for the Sex Party against Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in the NSW seat of Warringah.

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