On 6 December, the Animal Justice Party held its Official NSW Office Opening. Many regular volunteers and long term supporters attended to celebrate the occasion. We expect other AJP offices to open during 2016.
The Sydney office is conveniently located close to Town Hall Railway Station in the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts. The SMSA was established in 1833 and contains Australia’s longest running library. The AJP is located on the lower ground floor. There is good disabled access to the office.
The office was designed, fitted out and is staffed entirely by volunteers. These volunteers will be busy in coming months in the new office building the NSW membership to even higher levels. AJP National President Steve Garlick delivered an inspiring speech to all who attended the office opening.
Rosie the lucky wombat, who is being rehabilitated by President Steve Garlick and his wonderful wife Rosemary
We would like to thank every Animal Justice Party member and supporter for helping to make 2015 such a successful year for the animals. Together we not only witnessed, but made history, with Australia being only the second country in the world to elect an animal representative to Parliament.
After 100 days as PM, Mr Turnbull has shown that animal abuse by his self-labelled Government of the 21st Century is set to continue at record levels. After 100 days this is what we have seen Mr Turnbull achieve for animals:
- Held negotiations with the Indonesian Government to dramatically increase the live trade in cattle to that country despite all the evidence of ongoing extreme cruelty in this industry
- Provided financial support to increase export marketing by the hideous commercial kangaroo killing industry, thereby strengthening our claim to be the country with the highest slaughter of a land-based native animal on the planet.
- Encouraged the export of greyhounds to south east Asia despite formal requests to stop it by other Asian nations and clear evidence of abuse to these animals being perpetrated.
- Going soft on opposition to whaling operations in negotiations with the Japanese prime minister.
People who support animal abuse should not be elected to public office. The Labor Party might have given Mr Turnbull a ‘B minus’ scorecard for his first 100 days. The Animal Justice Party gives him an ‘F for fail’ with a note saying he needs to re-consider his future.
The Animal Justice Party would like to congratulate Qantas for ceasing its racing greyhound freight services to East Asia. They did this as a result of the revelations on the ABC 7.30 Report http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4369266.htm . This harrowing report was compiled after an excellent investigation of the business by Qantas and Animals Australia.
Animal Justice Party ACT Pest Animals Submission. The submission, in summary, covers the following four areas:
- The concept of ‘pest’ animals;
- The importance of human behaviour in preventing the arrival of ‘pest’ animals;
- The actions taken when an animal is assessed as being a ‘pest’; and
- The need for independent and comprehensive expertise, including animal welfare and ecology, to review the declaration and treatment of ‘pest’ animals.
Click here to read the Animal Justice Party ACT Pest Animals Submission
National President Steve Garlick and our NSW upper house member for the AJP Mark Pearson in November attended the fourth International Meeting of Animal Political Parties held in Tirana, Albania. The meeting was organised by the Animal Politics Foundation of the Dutch Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren).
AJP National President Steve Garlick with Party Leader of the Dutch Party for the Animals Marianne Thieme
The meeting attracted 13 animal political parties from around the world and covered a range of topics that will benefit the AJP. Steve and Mark presented cases on the live trade in animals and the trade in kangaroo products. The meeting agreed there would be international collaboration among members to stamp out trade in both industries.
The AJP recognises what an effective advocate for the victims of domestic violence, Australian of the Year Rosemary Batty is. We congratulate her on her success. The AJP will continue to advocate for all victims of unnecessary violence, regardless of species.
The AJP recommends that a significant portion of the one hundred million dollars, set aside by the Government to improve domestic violence services, be used for the provision of women’s refuges that accept companion animals. As many women’s refuges will not accept companion animals, victims of domestic violence sometimes delay leaving their abusers as they fear for the safety of their companion animals. The end result of this concern for the family pet often leads to disastrous outcomes for women, children and the animals. Many abusers deliberately threaten to harm the family pet to keep the victims in their easy reach.
The AJP’s annual general meeting will be held on Saturday 20 February 2016. The meeting will begin at 1.00pm and will be held at our new Sydney office. The new AJP office is located at Suit F, Lower Ground Floor, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney. Its just a little way along from Town Hall Railway Station so its easily accessed by train.
In early January we will be seeking nominations for nine voluntary Committee of Management positions for the National AJP Committee for 2016. Next year will be exceedingly busy with a number of elections coming up. So if you are a voting member and have the time and have good strategic, communication, negotiation, critical thinking, and team work skills you may want to put your name forward.
Would you like to order an Animal Justice Party t-shirt or hoodie? Well, now you can!
Head to our brand new online shop by clicking here.
We can post to any city in Australia (International shipping coming soon).
Besides t-shirts and hoodies, we’re also looking to stock:
- Bumper stickers
- Car Magnets
- Dog Bandanas
- Dog Leads
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National Conference 2015
“Have Your Say!”
Saturday 4th July, 2015
Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne Victoria
Want to HAVE YOUR SAY about the type of Campaigns the AJP should focus on? Want to HAVE YOUR SAY about policies & the governance of the AJP? Want to HAVE YOUR SAY about the future direction of the AJP?
Then, be part of history, come along to the Inaugural 2015 AJP National Conference which will be hosted in Melbourne, Victoria.
As the party grows in membership and political success YOUR input is important now more than ever. This conference is a major gathering of members from across Australia and provides an opportunity for all to have a say.
||We are please to announce that one of the keynote speakers will be MARK PEARSON MP, AJP’s representative in the Upper House of the NSW Parliament.
The program will include presentations and workshops on policy, strategy, fundraising and campaign initiatives. The 2015 Animal Justice Party National Conference Program can be found here.
This is a Members ONLY event however, if you are not currently a member please join before purchasing your tickets at: www.animaljusticeparty.org/join
Click here to purchase TICKETS for the AJP National Conference:
Post Conference Dinner/Drinks will be held at the Vegetarian & Vegan restaurant. Arrival between 6pm -6.30pm:
Address: 367 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
Phone: (03) 9415 6099
IMPORTANT: If you are attending the post conference dinner you MUST PRE- BOOK Directly with Madame K’s and inform them you belong to the Animal Justice Party Group.
Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
For more information, please contact Fiona or Justine:
The Animal Justice Party would like to thank our Gold Sponsor “Vegan Perfection”
The Animal Justice Party would like to thank our Silver Sponsor “Vegan Pet”
The Animal Justice Party would like to thank our Bronze Sponsor “Cruelty Free Super”