The Australian Sports Party should apologise for a Facebook photo featuring a topless woman jogging, a women's rights group says.
The picture is accompanied by an anecdote about the woman - see below - described as "voluptuous" and a "babe", who is running with a sign around her neck saying, "If you catch me, you can have me".
Wayne Dropulich of the Australian Sports Party was elected to the Senate in last September's federal election, before the WA count was declared void due to missing ballots.
The party is fielding candidates, including Mr Dropulich, in the re-run of the WA Senate election on April 5 ::::
Early voting is underway with 50 polling centres opened in Perth and in regional areas.
Fair Agenda director Rebecca Wilson says the Sports Party's Facebook campaign material is a troubling sign.
"It's just not cricket for parties aiming to represent us in the Senate having these kind of attitudes towards women," Ms Wilson said.
"No-one wants to see naked women in their Facebook feed when they're looking to learn about politics."
The Facebook post describes a man successfully losing weight by chasing two women wearing the signs, one of whom is described as a "voluptuous, athletic 19-year-old babe dressed in nothing but a pair of running shoes".
It also describes how the man loses a dramatic amount of weight when he is ultimately pursued by a "huge muscular guy ... wearing nothing but pink running shoes and a sign around his neck that reads, 'If I catch you, you are mine'."
Fair Agenda has started an online petition calling on the party to remove the post and issue an apology.
Ms Wilson says the Sports Party has dropped the ball.
"I thought it was a bit silly and gross and just a bit backwards to be honest," she said.
"I was really shocked that a candidate running for our federal Senate would post something like that. It just seems inappropriate that someone vying for our votes could treat women in that way."
From ASP Facebook Page:
Australian Sports Party
Weight Loss Program
Weight Loss Program
A guy calls a company and orders their 5-day, 5kg weight loss program.
The next day, there's a knock on the door and there stands before him a voluptuous, athletic, 19 year old babe dressed in nothing but a pair of Nike running shoes and a sign around her neck..
She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company. The sign reads, "If you can catch me, you can have me."
Without a second thought, he takes off after her. A few miles later puffing and puffing, he finally gives up. The same girl shows up for the next four days and the same thing happens. On the fifth day, he weighs himself and is delighted to find he has lost 5kg as promised.
He calls the company and orders their 5-day/10kg program. The next day there's a knock at the door and there stands the most stunning, beautiful, sexy woman he has ever seen in his life. She is wearing nothing but Reebok running shoes and a sign around her neck that reads, "If you catch me you can have me".
Well, he's out the door after her like a shot. This girl is in excellent shape and he does his best, but no such luck. So for the next four days, the same routine happens with him gradually getting in better and better shape.
Much to his delight on the fifth day when he weighs himself, he discovers that he has lost another 10kg as promised. He decides to go for broke and calls the company to order the 7-day/25kg program.
"Are you sure?" asks the representative on the phone. "This is our most rigorous program." "Absolutely," he replies, "I haven't felt this good in years."
The next day there's a knock at the door; and when he opens it he finds a huge muscular guy standing there wearing nothing but pink running shoes and a sign around his neck that reads, "If I catch you, you are mine."
He lost 33 kilos that week.
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The Australian Sports Party isn't the first outfit to harness the lactating embonpoint to, well, make a point. In 2007 a mayoral election across the ditch in New Zealand managed to close off streets as he paraded his supporters through the streets of Auckland.