The Australian Sex Party has threatened legal action against Google in relation to both the Electoral Act and the Trade Practices Act due to the company's refusal to permit their advertising for tomorrow's Victorian State by-election.
According to reports, the party's candidate Fiona Patten said, It's giving me the shits that in two elections we've not been able to run ads with Google when all of the other political parties have had no problem."
Patten is alluding to Google's rejection of the party's advertisement in the most recent Federal election, where the advertising was deemed 'too racy.'
This time, it seems Google's major objection is that there is a 'donate' button on the party's website which, opined Patten, is no different to any other party.
It may be argued that such a small vote-count could have limited influence, but under the preference voting system used, this small block of votes may directly affect the final outcome in what is believed to be a very close election.
Readers may not be surprised that the iTWire panel of writers spend some time workshopping possible titles for this piece (after-all, it IS Friday afternoon!). Some of the 'near-misses' included:
Electoral party evicted from Google's pants
Voters rise to a new party, Google pours cold water on it
Google's sex party stoush gets messy
No sex in Google search
Google exposes sex party flaws
Sex party unable to Google themselves
Sex party: Google closes the door on naked ambition
Google not to blame for Sex Party's ballot-box stuffing
Google comes of age, Sex Party comes again
Sex party can't beat Google coming or going
Google rejects Sex Party, no reason given
Sex Party draws a blank; Google red-faced
Google withdraws from Sex Party promotion
Google refuses to vote Sex Party number one (or number twos for that matter)
Google licks Sex Party
Sex Party accuses Google of making a boob of itself