ABOUT FIONA PATTEN

Fiona Patten is the founder and leader of REASON, a future-focused, evidence-based movement committed to delivering equality, sustainability and freedom through new methods of political engagement and pragmatic consultation. She was elected in 2014 as a Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for the Northern Metropolitan region. She is one of a number of cross-benchers who hold the balance of power in Victoria’s Upper House.

Fiona Patten’s working life began as a fashion designer in Canberra. Her political career began as an AIDS educator with ACT sex worker advocacy group, WISE. She also held positions on the Board of the AIDS Action Council, as an AFAO (Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations) Committee Member and a member of the ACT Attorney General’s Sex Industry Committee.

Her decision to run for political office came after 20 years of lobbying for the rights of small business owners, sexual health organisations, sexual freedoms and censorship reforms. She was best known as the CEO of Australia’s national adult goods and services lobby group, the Eros Association.

 

Frustrated and deeply disappointed with the lack of social change on censorship, drug law reform, euthanasia and marriage equality, Fiona and her partner Robbie Swan set up and registered the Australian Sex Party in 2009, focusing on civil libertarian issues and personal freedoms. In August 2017, the Australian Sex Party was dissolved to make way for REASON, a movement of radical common sense.   Since being elected Fiona has garnered respect from all sides of the political divide and has worked tirelessly to deliver legislative reforms that many thought impossible.   Her achievements include:
  • - Safe Exclusion Zones around abortion clinics
  • - Australia’s largest public inquiry into drug law reform
  • - The establishment of online e-petitions to Parliament
  • - Transforming the transport industry through Ridesharing Legislation
  • - A trial for Victoria’s first medically supervised injecting centre
  • - Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation – the first state in Australia to do so
  As ABC 774’s Jon Faine put it “She is, without doubt, Australia’s most effective Legislator.”  

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