Actor and pioneering animal rights activist Lynda Stoner is one of 54 candidates standing for the Animal Justice Party in the coming federal election.
Ms Stoner will stand for the Senate in New South Wales. In addition to contesting the Senate the AJP will stand around 42 lower house candidates. Sixty five per cent of AJP candidates are women.
National AJP President Professor Steve Garlick said today, “With a double dissolution election, the AJP has a reasonable chance of picking up the last Senate seat in NSW and in Victoria and by targeting marginal lower house seats we aim to influence the outcome of the entire election.”
Professor Garlick stated the AJP aimed to stop animal cruelty. “We need to restore the balance between the human, natural and animal worlds and to examine the potential impact on animals of government actions at all levels,” he said.
“There are a growing number of political parties throughout the world focusing on animal welfare in countries ranging from the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal to Turkey and Cyprus”. After the Netherlands, the AJP is the second of the world’s political parties for animals to have a representative elected to one of its nation’s parliaments.
“Since we had a representative elected to the NSW Legislative Council last year, interest in the Party has grown considerably. Our membership is now six times what it was when we competed in our first national election in 2013. We expect our primary vote at the July 2 election to reflect a similar increase”.
Professor Garlick said the Turnbull Government regularly demonstrated its lack of concern about cruelty to animals. “Since taking over the prime minister’s position Mr Turnbull’s government has dramatically increased the appalling live trade industry, given marketing support to the violent commercial kangaroo killing industry, allowed export of greyhound dogs for overseas racing and gambling industries and removed protection for flying foxes,” he said.
All parties in the Commonwealth Parliament have failed animals.
“The Turnbull Government’s Budget gives scant attention to animal welfare, except to say it has become a state responsibility, although we know that many decisions made by the Commonwealth may impact negatively on the lives of animals”.
“In the current era of multi-lateral free trade agreements, the Commonwealth’s abrogation of responsibility for animal welfare is simply unacceptable. Commonwealth Government responsibilities in animal welfare have now been watered down to mean virtually nothing. This has to change”.
23 May 2016 List of endorsed candidates, electorates, and contacts overleaf
NSW contact: Anna Hall, NSW Convenor, 0466 506 404
Victorian contact: Bruce Poon, Victorian Convenor, 0400 248 226
National contact: Professor Steve Garlick, President, 0428 880 564
AJP Candidates 2016 Federal Election
|Senate #1||Lynda Stoneremail@example.com|
|Senate #2||Gordon Elkingtonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senate #1||Bruce Poonemail@example.com|
|Senate #2||Jacqui Edgecombefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senate #1||Katrina Loveemail@example.com|
|Senate #2||Alicia Suttonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senate #1||Tania Noble||Taniamnoble.email@example.com|
|Senate #2||Emma Breaganfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senate #1||Deborah Fieldemail@example.com|
|Senate #2||Jessica Montagnefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senate #1||Paul Bevanemail@example.com|
|Senate #2||Zade Watsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Senate #1||Karen Bevisemail@example.com|
|Senate #2||Alison Baker||Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Eden Monaro||Frankie Seymouremail@example.com|
|Blue Mountains||Hal Gingesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jaga Jaga||Nathan Schramemail@example.com|
|Melbourne Ports||Rob Smythfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Port Adelaide||Janine Clipstoneemail@example.com|