Help Ben win a Senate Seat in the Federal Election 2019
VICTORIAN SENATE CANDIDATE
Ben Schultz is a passionate Victorian growing up in Chadstone and Cockatoo, spending his childhood surfing and playing footy. The son of an Electrician and a Home Maker/Farmer, he had a strong work ethic instilled in him from a young age.
After studying sociology and economics, Ben began his career in hospitality. He has over 20 years’ experience in both the hospitality and tourism industries in Australia, UK and Europe, including senior management roles, leading large operational teams across multiple sites and countries.
Ben became the only vegetarian in his family as young child, and developed a further interest in the animal rights movement in 2016 after becoming vegan in the UK. After returning to Australia Ben joined the Animal Justice Party, believing the Party’s policies and values were closely aligned to his own. Soon after joining the Party Ben ran in the 2016 Council Elections in Canal Ward, City of Port Phillip, and then as the lead Upper House Candidate for Southern Metro in the 2018 Victorian State Election. Ben is driven to make legislative change to improve the welfare of animals, and strongly believes that compassion towards animals and improving their welfare directly benefits the community as a whole.
Ben has a particular interest in the future of agriculture and its impact on the environment and human health. He wants to protect farmers and regional communities by supporting them to transition to sustainable horticulture and to drive plant-based innovation in the sector. He is passionate about establishing an Independent Animal Protection Agency, safeguarding and restoring natural habitats, and is a fierce advocate for ending family violence.
Ben currently resides in Windsor with a rescue dog Sofie and rescue cat Herbert, owns a yoga studio in South Yarra, manages a Youth Hostel in North Melbourne, is a member of the Animal Justice Party Victorian Committee, and is proud to be standing as the Victorian lead Senate Candidate for the 2019 Federal Election.