Thanks to all members of the Animal Justice Party in Western Australia for their efforts to win representation for animals. A tremendous amount of work has been put in over the last 6 months, and it showed on Saturday.
Six months ago, we had just over 200 members in WA, needing 500 to register for the state election. Since then, we have increased our members to well over 700, registered as a party in WA, endorsed 14 quality candidates to stand in the upper and lower houses and attracted our biggest ever vote in Western Australia.
It appears clear at this stage that we will not win an Upper House seat at this election. Indeed, we did not expect to, and felt that this election was mainly about ‘building’ towards a more successful election next time.
Nevertheless, we achieved some noteworthy results:
– Labor appears to have won all the seats we contested, and have swept to power in WA. This is a good result for the animals, as the ALP in Western Australia have made a range of commitments on animal issues, which we will be following up on in coming months.
– If the ALP can hang on in the seat of Jandakot (currently on 50.1% two party preferred with 69% counted), they will win the seat on our preferences, as we received 2.1% of the vote.
– The Greens appear to be headed towards an increased representation in the Upper House to 3 seats. We will be very disappointed if Lynn MacLaren loses her seat in South Metro. Indeed, we largely sacrificed our own chances of winning by preferencing her first at No. 3; hopefully the further counting will see her hang on.
– In the seat of Forrestfield, our candidate Ashley Jago received our highest vote of 3.1% (69% counted).
– In the Upper House, we received our highest vote in the Eastern Metropolitan region, where our candidate Dr Talia Raphaely received 1.37% (54% counted).
– At the last federal election, we received a total of 12,687 votes in the Senate contest in WA. At this state election, contesting only 4 of the 6 upper house regions (so from a smaller voter base) we will receive a projected 15,000+ votes once counting is complete. This continues a trend of the AJP vote increasing in each election.
We look forward to working hard with the new government and other elected parties to see what changes we can make to how animals are treated in Western Australia.
SO many thanks go out to SO many people today, who have worked SO hard over the past days, weeks, months and years.
Firstly, thank you to Alicia Sutton, AJP WA Party Secretary, 1st candidate for the South West in the state election and 2nd candidate for two federal elections, a Senate re-election and a by-election. Alicia has been invaluable in growing this party from strength to strength.
Thank you to all our other candidates for this election – people who stepped out of their comfort zone and said “yes”… I am not sure HOW to do this and I’m in new territory, but I WILL do it for the animals: Brigit Anderson (also committee member), Colleen Saporita, Ashley Jago, Francesca Gobbert (also committee member x 2 and outreach and volunteer coordinator), Kandi Revian (also committee member and our marketing guru extraordinaire), Matt Hanson, Natasha Chakich, Talia Raphaely, Lizzy Mac, Ramona Janssen, Nicole Arielli (also committee member) and Eric Gobbert.
Thank you to our other committee members – Andrea Pollard, Joanna Graham, Asten Nunn, Roberta Vlaar and Fiona Geoghegan, for the meetings and brainstorming and energy.
Thank you to our eastern states colleagues and Party President for their support and encouragement.
And THANK YOU to all the volunteers who stood for hours yesterday handing out AJP how to vote cards for us and who have manned stalls for us, letterboxed for us, campaigned for us, picked up and delivered things for us, given their time to us, and to the individuals and businesses that have given their money too – in cash, in kind and in merchandise purchases.
Having said all that, remember always one thing… it’s never about us – it’s about the animals; they are the ONLY reason we exist.
We will update you about the election results when we have final numbers. Give us a couple of days to wind down and recuperate.
Katrina Love, AJP WA Convenor.