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.
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).
Animal Justice party
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.|
|International Guest Presentation by Marianne Thieme MP.Parliamentary leader – Party for the Animals
House of Representatives – Netherlands
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
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”
Despite a tiny budget, but with of plenty of passion, the Animal Justice Party won its first parliamentary seat by gaining the last seat in the Legislative Council election in New South Wales today. At the preference distribution count today the AJP ended up an easy winner for the final seat ahead of the No Land Tax Party and the Liberal Party.
This is a historic result; as Party President and Founder Professor Steve Garlick said: “This is the first time in Australia that animals will be represented at a parliamentary level. We know that more than 80 percent of all decisions made in Australian parliaments impact on the lives of animals and its about time they had a voice representing their interests”.
Elected AJP candidate Mark Pearson will take up his position in the NSW upper house in July and will have much to say about how the lives of farm, domestic and wild animals in NSW can be improved. Being the Executive Director of NSW Animal Liberation, Mark comes to this parliamentary role with considerable commitment and knowledge about how to stop animal cruelty.
Apart from supporting Mark in his new role in the Parliament of NSW, the Party will now set its sights on a number of elections in 2016 where it hopes to emulate its success and where it will target government supported extreme animal brutality.
Dear Supporter / Member,
The Animal Justice Party is rapidly going from strength to strength. From almost 100,000 votes in the last Federal election to more than tripling that percentage in the recent Victorian election, very often being the leading minor Party. We will, with your support, elect people into the parliaments of Australia.
NSW is a very real opportunity where a candidate could be elected at this Saturday’s election so we really need your support.
Please be as generous with your time as you can and help to herald the much needed voice of animals into the, often indifferent to the plight of animals, halls of parliament.
We are standing Mark Pearson, lead candidate, with Lynda Stoner for the Upper House [Legislative Council]; Michael Walsh for Newtown; Michelle Nielssen for Balmain; Cherie Imlah in the Lismore electorate; Susan Strain for Lake MacQuarie and Josh Agland for Swansea.
Please commit to even just an hour handing out ‘HOW TO VOTE’ cards at the pre-poll and polling booths from now until 6pm Saturday.
Following the success of the youth group in the Dutch Party for the Animals, the Animal Justice Party at its recent Annual General Meeting agreed to give impetus to encouraging young folk to become members. The eventual goal is to establish a young person’s wing of the Party. Party president Professor Steve Garlick said it was vital that the fresh ideas and tech savvy knowledge of young people was important in ridding the parliamentary system in this country and its supporting political bodies of their disregard for the wellbeing of all animals.
To progress this initiative, a meeting is being held at the University of Sydney on 17 March at 4.00pm in Carslaw 352. Meetings at other universities will follow soon. Inquiries can be directed to Hazel Stephens at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you missed it, SEE THE FILM “THE ANIMAL CONDITION”
Next week at PARAMOUNT HOUSE, 80 Commonwealth St., Surry Hills
Tuesday Feb 3rd at 6pm, and Wednesday Feb 4th at 8.30 pm
Four young people take an investigative road trip around Australia after stumbling upon online activist videos of suffering farm animals. Unafraid to ask questions, they speak to all sides, from politicians to activists, farmers, Indigenous Australians, philosophers, scientists and immigrant-workers. Their views on the subject change with each new encounter, with the team realising that the animal condition spreads far beyond the farm gate.
While its still too early to conclude final results, its clear from what we know now that the Animal Justice Party has done remarkably well in its very first Victorian election.
Our vote in the upper house has more than doubled in the 15 months since the Federal Senate election in Victoria giving us either eighth or ninth ranking in vote numbers. Given the closeness in votes to other small parties there is a real prospect, given our trend, of jumping to fifth by the time of the next federal election. An elected representative in the upper house is but a matter of time. Some of the parties we are leapfrogging have been around for a long time and some have bags of money. The AJP, on the other hand, will get there with pure passion and an unflinching commitment to do all we can for all the animals that continue to be in severe distress every day in this country.
In the lower house we demonstrated in the seats we competed in that we can run a clear fourth behind the three major parties. More than this, we have shown that with a strategic approach we can determine the outcome of who wins a seat and who doesn’t. Given this impressive showing we will stand candidates in more lower house seats in future elections.
Congratulations to the 25 AJP candidates that stood in the election and to their Victorian team of supporters.