Election 2013: Where do the parties stand on animal welfare?

On September 7, Australians will head to the the polls to determine who'll be running the country for the next three years. Find out who is promising what for animals in this handy guide...

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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

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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.

Independents

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.

Preferences

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'.

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Australian Labor Party (ALP)

Click here to find out more about the ALP's policies »

Coalition (Liberal Party & National Party)

Click here to find out more about the Coalition's policies »

The Australian Greens

Click here to find out more about the Greens' policies »

Animal Justice Party (AJP)

Click here to find out more about the AJP's policies »

Australian Democrats

Click here to find out more about the Democrats' policies »

Australian Independents Party

Click here to find out more about Australian Independents Party's policies »

Pirate Party Australia

Click here to find out more about the Pirate Party's policies »

Family First

Click here to find out more about Family First's policies »

Democratic Labour Party (DLP)

Click here to find out more about the DLP's policies »

The WikiLeaks Party

Click here to find out more about The WikiLeaks Party's policies »

One Nation

Click here to find out more about One Nation's policies »

Palmer United Party

Click here to find out more about Palmer United Party's policies »

Secular Party of Australia

Click here to find out more about the Secular Party's policies »

Australian Sex Party

Click here to find out more about the The Australian Sex Party's policies »

Shooters and Fishers Party

Click here to find out more about the Shooters and Fishers Party policies »

Katter's Australian Party (KAP)

Click here to find out more about the KAP's policies »

Christian Democratic Party (CDP)

Click here to find out more about the CDP's policies »

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.


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