President: Bruce Poon, VIC
Bruce is an IT Project Manager who has been involved in animal, environmental and community work most of his adult life. He has been vegetarian or vegan for over 28 years and has worked as a volunteer for Vegetarian Victoria. Bruce has spoken in Victoria, Australia and overseas on the environmental, social, ethical, health and economic impacts of dietary choices and authored a brochure on these topics which has been circulated to over 165,000 people.
He shares the vision of a world where non-human animals are treated with compassion and respect and wants to provide a voice for animals in Australia’s political system.
Vice President: Katrina Love, WA
Katrina describes herself as “an animal activist, politician, vegan advocate, pluviophile, photographer, Earthling, animal”;
She has been involved in the campaign to end live exports for over a decade – an issue that proved to be the impetus for her to adopt a vegan lifestyle over eight years ago. She works part time as the Campaign Manager for Stop Live Exports in Fremantle, having left her full time government job of 16 years as a native plant breeder at Kings Park Botanic Gardens four years ago, to focus on AJP and animal advocacy.
Katrina is a member of Animal Liberation WA, RSPCA and Animals Australia, where she sat on the Executive Board for four years. Katrina has been involved with AJP since late 2012 and Convenor in Western Australia since 2013, having run in and planned for two federal elections, one Senate re-election, one by-election and the WA state election.
When asked why she became involved with the Animal Justice Party, Katrina says: “Whilst laws (or the absence or weakness of them) allow the exploitation of animals and in fact excuse it when done on an economic basis, people will exploit animals – it’s human nature. Change will come eventually with more people waking up to intrinsic value of animals and their right to a life free from human intervention, but we need legislation and political process to hurry it along – the success of this party is the quickest way to achieve that.”
National Treasurer: Wendy Davey, SA
Wendy has had a long career in the financial industry; with many years at Westpac and also in small business. She’s done just about everything, from customer management to establishing office systems and managing large contract negotiations. She brings a wealth of practical money skills to the party. Wendy is also on the AJP Committee in South Australia and has a well earned reputation for getting things done and thinking things through.
National Secretary: Carol Bellenger, NSW
Ric Allport, QLD
Miranda Smith, VIC
Magda Wozny, VIC
Magda’s first introduction to how prolific and legally protected animal cruelty is, was when she read Slaughter of the Innocent by Hans Ruesch back in the late 80’s. This eye opening yet extremely disturbing book about animal experimentation was what began her journey toward veganism, and ultimately involvement with the Animal Justice Party in 2013. She has been actively involved in animal rights for most of her life, and it’s obvious to her that having political representation for all animals in all areas of government is critical to be able to achieve substantial change in their level of protection. Her primary role is Victorian State Secretary, but she is involved in many other areas of AJP as well.
“I used to volunteer as a Wildlife Rescuer which was very rewarding, but I soon realised that the long term benefits of what the AJP can achieve for all animals meant that committing to volunteering entirely for AJP would be the most effective use of my time. It’s hard work, but animals are worth it”.
In her full time job, she works in IT in the Emergency Management sector. She also holds a Diploma of Health Science (Counselling). Magda shares her home with two very elderly felines that have been her companions for almost 20 years, as well as a few rescued fish.
Geoff Russell, SA
Geoff has been a committee member of Animal Liberation for many of the past 30 years, and while no longer on the committee, remains a life member of both it and the RSPCA. He ran the South Australian duck rescues during the 1990s and was a member of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee in South Australia in addition to being on two animal experimentation ethics committees. Geoff has been active at all levels of campaigning, but in recent years has concentrated on writing, particularly on the environmental impacts of meat. His primary goal is to find non-vegan audiences; to take them out of their comfort zone by highlighting the fact that any professed concern for the planet is incompatible with a meat centric diet.
“I aim to mix in meat issues with non-meat environmental issues. My 2009 book “CSIRO Perfidy” is not only a critique of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing diet but also a comprehensive analysis of animal agriculture in Australia.
“AJP is an essential part of moving the animal movement from its frequent role as a cozy club for like-minded people into a potent political force.”
Angela Pollard, NSW
Angela Pollard is a vegan and an animal protection lawyer with a background in social justice. She has twenty years’ experience in community management, funding, human resources and the governance of incorporated associations.
She has been active in advocacy, law reform and community education in the fields of animal protection, women’s, workers and LGBTI rights.
Angela is currently employed as Senior Advisor for The Hon Mark Pearson. MLC, Animal Justice Party in the NSW Parliament.