The Reason Party/ Australian Sex Party Archives is an archival collection containing material pertaining to the establishment and running of the Australian political party.
The Australian Sex Party was a political party established upon civil libertarian political thought. Founded in 2009 by Fiona Patten and Robbie Swan, the Australian Sex Party formed in response to frustration with the lack of social change on censorship, drug law reform, assisted dying and marriage equality. Members of the Eros Association were involved in the establishment of the political party. This created strong links between the Australian Sex Party and the Eros Association, Australia’s leading adult-industry body.
Deregistered in 2017, the Australian Sex Party was relaunched as the Reason Party. Originally launched as the political extension of the sex industry in 2009, the political party now describes itself as a movement of common sense. Since registration in 2018, Reason Australia continues to advocate for civil liberties while separating official ties to the Eros Foundation.
The collection includes newspaper clippings, articles, advertisements, correspondence (including letters, emails, and inquiries), audio visual items, documents, records, election materials and realia. The collection also contains the autobiographical book, correspondence and parliamentary speeches of Reason Party leader, Fiona Patten.