Be Cruelty-Free Australia

 

It's time for Australia to say NO to cosmetics cruelty.


#BECRUELTYFREE AUSTRALIA FEDERAL ELECTION SCORECARD

Be informed this federal election by checking out our scorecard below which indicates where the parties stand on banning cosmetics animal testing and the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.







* This scorecard is provided as a guide to assist #BeCrueltyFree Australia supporters' awareness of the cosmetics animal testing policies of parties contesting the upcoming federal election. Humane Research Australia and Humane Society International (Global) are non-partisan organisations and, in compliance with the Charities Act 2013, cannot endorse any political party or candidate.

* The following parties have not responded to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey: #SustainableAustralia, 21st Century Australia, Australia First Party (NSW) Incorporated, Australia Country Party, Australian Cyclists Party, Australian Defense Veterans Party, Australian Equality Party (Marriage), Australian Liberty Alliance, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group), Citizens Electoral Council of Australia, Countryminded, Democratic Labour Party, Drug Law Reform Australia, Family First Party, Health Australia Party, Help End Marijuana Prohibition Party, Jacqui Lambie Network, John Madigan's Manufacturing and Farming Party, Katter's Australian Party, Nick Xenophon Team, Non-custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting), Outdoor Recreation (Stop the Greens), Palmer United Party, Pauline Hanson's One Nation, Renewable Energy Party, Secular Party of Australia, Seniors United Party of Australia, Shooters, Fishers, and Farmers Party, Smoker's Rights Party, Socialist Alliance, Socialist Equality Party, and VOTEFLUX.ORG upgrade democracy party.

See further footnotes below.

About the #BeCrueltyFree Australia Campaign

#BeCrueltyFree Australia, a partnership between Humane Research Australia and Humane Society International, is calling on the Government to make Australia the next country that says no to cruel cosmetics.

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Footnotes

1 Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon introduced the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014 into the Senate on March 18th 2014 (see #BeCrueltyFree Australia's media release here). The Bill lapsed at the dissolution of Parliament on 9th May 2016, when the election was called. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding the Greens' position/policy: "The Australian Greens are deeply committed to ending animal-tested cosmetic products and animal-tested cosmetic ingredients. In 2014 the Greens introduced into the Parliament the "End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014" which prohibited the developing, manufacturing, selling, advertising or importing into Australia cosmetics, or ingredients for cosmetics, which have been tested on live animals. Effectively the bill prohibited the use of new animal-tested cosmetics in Australian 6 months after the bill becomes law. The Greens are pleased to see the two major parties consequently commit to the end of cruel cosmetics as part of their election promises."

2 Labor MP Clare O'Neil introduced the Ethical Cosmetics Bill 2016 into the House of Representatives on February 29th 2016 (see #BeCrueltyFree Australia's media release here). The Bill lapsed at the prorogation of Parliament on 15th April 2016. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding Labor's position/policy: "Labor has announced its policy to ban animal testing for cosmetics, and the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in Australia. Labor will put an end to: • Animal testing in Australia for cosmetic purposes. • The sale in Australia of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients that have been tested on animals. Labor has conducted an extensive consultation process that has included the input of animal groups, industry, regulators, lawyers and 13,000 ordinary Australians who wanted their voices heard. The vast majority of Australians told us that they do not believe animals should have to suffer for better cosmetics and we have listened. Earlier this year, Labor introduced legislation in the Parliament to give effect to our policy, but the Turnbull Liberal Government refused to debate it. A Shorten Labor Government will re-introduce legislation in the next Parliament to ban animal testing in Australia for cosmetic purposes. You can find out more about Labor’s plan to ban animal testing at http://www.100positivepolicies.org.au/animal_testing_ban"

3 On June 3rd 2016 Assistant Minister for Health Ken Wyatt and Member for La Trobe Jason Wood announced that the Coalition Government would ban the testing of cosmetic ingredients on animals within Australia and the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients that have been tested on animals outside of Australia by July 1st 2017 (see #BeCrueltyFree Australia's media release here). At the time of the announcement Parliament was dissolved ahead of the Federal Election on July 2nd 2016 - legislation cannot be introduced until Parliament reconvenes. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding the Coalition's position/policy: "In response to your questions, a re-elected Turnbull Government will ban the testing of finished cosmetic products on animals in Australia, the testing of cosmetic ingredients on animals in Australia, and the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients tested on animals outside of Australia. For more information, please see: http://nationals.org.au/the-coalition-will-ban-cosmetics-tested-on-animals"

4 The Animal Justice Party (AJP) currently have no elected federal representatives, but have indicated that they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. The AJP has strongly supported banning cosmetics cruelty through their Saving Face campaign, and also worked alongside Liberal MP Jason Wood and #BeCrueltyFree Australia to secure a commitment to ban cosmetics cruelty from the Coalition Government. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding the AJP's position/policy: "The Animal Justice Party supports a ban on the manufacture, sale and import of animal-tested cosmetics in Australia."

5 The Australian Progressives currently have no elected federal representatives, but have indicated that they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding the Australian Progressives' position/policy: "We believe this practice needs to be stamped out globally and will work with every individual, organisation or party to end the practice of animal testing."

6 The Australian Recreational Fishers Party currently have no elected federal representatives, but have indicated that they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty.

7 The Australian Sex Party currently have no elected federal representatives, and have indicated that they currently have no position yet on whether they support banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in other countries, nor whether they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding the Australian Sex Party's position/policy: "The Australian Sex Party has a strong focus on animal welfare. Our policies advocate for new measures to prevent animal cruelty. The Australian Sex Party recommends the establishment of national animal welfare and cruelty legislation that covers wildlife, pets and livestock and creates a national register of animal cruelty convictions. The register would be used to prohibit individuals listed from keeping animals and places responsibility for the enforcement of the register and animal cruelty convictions with the police force."

8 The Bullet Train for Australia Party currently have no elected federal representatives, but have indicated that they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty.

9 The Consumer Rights & No Tolls Party currently have no elected federal representatives, but have indicated that they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding the Consumer Rights & No Tolls party's position/policy: "The Consumer Rights and No-Tolls party is absolutely against any form of animal cruelty, neglect or abuse. We support a move to establish national standards for animal welfare with strong and effective enforcement of the legislation. We believe that individuals, groups and organisations who are working for the betterment of life for animals should receive government support in addition to donations and funds raised. Better education of the community with regard to the responsibilities of animal care, needs to be supported."

10 The Glenn Lazarus Team has not yet introduced legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty, but have indicated that they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. In November 2014 Senator Lazarus co-sponsored a cross-party Motion in support of ending cosmetics testing on animals, which was passed by the Senate.

11 The Liberal Democratic Party have indicated that they currently have no position yet on whether they support banning cosmetics animal testing, whether they support banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in other countries, nor whether they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding the Liberal Democratic Party's position/policy: "As an ethical vegan, the treatment of animals is of great concern. However, all laws ultimately need to be enforced at the end of a gun. Thus using laws to protect animal welfare walks a tightrope between the rights of animals to live their lives unmolested by humans and the application of potentially deadly force to human beings. I am far more in favour of an informed and educated populace making ethical decisions in their purchasing and using market forces to change the testing practices of the companies they buy from. We can see that this is already having a great deal of impact with more and more organisations voluntarily giving up testing on animals in response to concerned customer feedback."

12 The Mature Australia Party currently have no elected federal representatives, but have indicated that they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty.

13 The Pirate Party have indicated that they currently have no position yet on whether they support banning cosmetics animal testing, whether they support banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in other countries, nor whether they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding the Pirate Party's position/policy: "Pirate Party Australia proposes the establishment of an Independent Office of Animal Welfare. This body would have statutory independence, enforcement powers, and a mandate to investigate any and all animal welfare issues—including cosmetics testing. We see risks in framing animal welfare around a few narrowly defined goals. In truth, animal welfare is a broad, deep and serious issue needing a holistic approach."

14 The Rise Up Australia Party currently have no elected federal representatives, but have indicated that they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding the Rise Up Australia Party's position/policy: "I would also like to add that we are against the use of fetuses in cosmetics. What are abortionists doing with fetuses? in the past they burned them, that was before they realized that they could make a profit out of them? Surely if we are against the use of profiting at the expense of animals, we should be against profiting at the expense of what could have been a precious human life."

15 The Science Party currently have no elected federal representatives, and have indicated that they currently have no position yet on whether they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding the Science Party's position/policy: "We only support using animals as research subjects when there has been a clear scientific or research gain identified, and when that gain has been verified by an independent third-party body. You can find our full animal welfare policy here: http://www.scienceparty.org.au/animal_welfare_policy"

16 The Arts Party currently have no elected federal representatives, but have indicated that they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty.

17 The Voluntary Euthanasia Party have indicated that they currently have no position yet on whether they support banning cosmetics animal testing, whether they support banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals in other countries, nor whether they would be willing to sponsor legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. In response to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, the following additional comments were submitted regarding the Voluntary Euthanasia Party's position/policy: "The Voluntary Euthanasia Party has only one policy, and that is law reform, with safeguards, to allow people with untreatable and unbearable suffering to voluntarily seek medical assistance for a peaceful death. If elected, we would vote on all other legislation based on the available evidence and our members best interests."

18 The Australian Mental Health Party chose not to respond to our survey as they will not be running a candidate at the upcoming 2016 federal election.

19 Derryn Hinch's Justice Party did not formally respond to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, but sent the following statement: "Derryn has opposed animal testing for cosmetics since supporting Lynda Stoner's campaign against Draze tests on rabbits' eyes for perfume in Paris in 1982."

20 The 'Online Direct Democracy - Empowering People' Party chose not to respond to #BeCrueltyFree Australia's survey, indicating that they would not be able to do so until they have public opinion poll figures, indicating the over 80% of the Australian population is in favour of a ban, verified through their online voting system.