PUBLISHED ON: 27 August 2013
People power has put animal welfare on the political agenda and people power will keep it there! But where do the major (and minor) political parties stand on the two big issues facing animals this Federal election — an Independent Office of Animal Welfare and live export?
See for yourself in this table* or to find out more about other animal welfare policies click on the links below. For the bigger picture Australia-wide, and to see how animal-friendly your local MP is, check out our interactive political map.
|Has a formal animal welfare policy?||Supports Independent Office of Animal Welfare?||Supports end to live export?|
|Australian Labor Party (ALP)||YES||YES||NO|
|Coalition (Liberal Party & National Party)||NO1||NO||NO|
|The Australian Greens||YES||YES||YES|
|Animal Justice Party (AJP)||YES||YES||YES|
|Australian Democrats||YES||No policy||No policy|
|Australian Independents Party||YES||YES||YES|
|Pirate Party Australia||YES||YES||NO2|
|Family First||NO||No policy||No policy|
|Democratic Labour Party (DLP)||NO||No policy||No policy|
|The WikiLeaks Party||NO||No policy||No policy|
|One Nation||NO||No policy||No policy|
|Palmer United Party||NO||No policy||No policy|
|Secular Party of Australia||NO||No policy||No policy|
|Australian Sex Party||NO||No policy||No policy|
|Shooters & Fishers Party||NO3||No policy||NO|
|Katter's Australian Party (KAP)||NO||No policy||NO|
|Christian Democratic Party (CDP)||NO||No policy||NO|
1The Coalition has no formal animal welfare policy in its policy platform, but has made election commitments to help marine and threatened species.
2Pirate Party Australia supports a shift to the chilled/frozen meat trade. It has stated it wouldn't support a bill to end live export at this point in time, although it 'may support' a proposed phase out.
3The Shooters and Fishers Party does not have a specific animal welfare policy but has several policies that would impact animals, including 'Hunting and Fishing Tourism'.
*Please note that this list of parties is not exhaustive. For the full list of candidates contesting the 2013 election, click here.
There are 79 Independent candidates running for seats in the House of Representatives or the Senate this election. We are aware of these Independents so far who have positive animal welfare policies:
- Andrew Wilkie, Member for Denison in Tasmania
- Senator Nick Xenophon in South Australia
- Mark Aldridge, who is contesting the seat of Wakefield in South Australia.
- Jake Cassar, who is contesting the seat of Robertson in New South Wales.
- Matthew Wright, who is contesting the seat of Wright in Queensland.
If you are an Independent candidate and want to be listed here, please contact us.
If you'd like to find out more about how preferences work, let Dennis the Election Koala be your guide. And to help make sure you vote exactly the way you intend, try this simple-to-use website, where you can easily create a list of candidates and parties in your own preference order, then download a PDF to print out and take with you when you go to vote — 'below the line'.
Australian Labor Party (ALP)
Coalition (Liberal Party & National Party)
The Australian Greens
Animal Justice Party (AJP)
Australian Independents Party
Pirate Party Australia
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
The WikiLeaks Party
Palmer United Party
Secular Party of Australia
Australian Sex Party
Shooters and Fishers Party
Katter's Australian Party (KAP)
Christian Democratic Party (CDP)
Animals Australia is not affiliated or aligned with any political party. This guide is provided to assist voters with making an informed decision at the polling booth in line with their own values regarding animal welfare.