The Animal Justice Party targets marginal seats

Media Release
Tuesday 24 May 2016

Actress and pioneering animal rights activist Lynda Stoner is one of 53 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 41 lower house candidates. Over 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 a number of states and by targeting marginal lower house seats we aim to influence the outcome of the entire election.”
Professor Garlick said that the AJP aimed to stop cruelty to animals and improve the well-being of domestic, farm and native animals. “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 federal, state and local 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. With 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 also 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. 

“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.”

Candidate and contact details:

State Electorate
Name Email
NSW Senate #1 Lynda Stoner
  Senate #2 Gordon Elkington
Victoria Senate #1 Bruce Poon
  Senate #2 Jacquie Edgecombe
WA Senate #1 Katrina Love
  Senate #2 Alicia Sutton
SA Senate #1 Tania Noble
  Senate #2 Emma Breagan
ACT Senate #1 Deborah Field
  Senate #2 Jessica Montagne
Qld Senate #1  Paul Bevan
  Senate #2 Zade Watson
Lower House      
NSW Eden Monaro Frankie Seymour
  Hughes Ellie Robertson
  Page Anna Ludvick
  Richmond Angela Pollard
  Banks Roy Barnes
  Blue Mountains Hal Ginges
  Barton TBA  
  Lyndsay Deborah Blundell
  Grayndler TBA  
Victoria Corangamite Andy Meddick
  Corio Jamie Overend
  Bendigo Ruth Parramore
  Casey Kristin Bacon
  Latrobe Leah Folloni
  McMillan Jennifer McAdam
  Batman Caitlin Evans
  Calwell Megan Searls
  Melbourne Miranda Smith
  Scullin John Matlen
  Wills Camille Kennedy-Sydow
  Aston Rosemary Lavin
  Deakin Vannessa Brown
  Jaga Jaga Nathan Schram
  Chisholm Nyree Walshe
  Higgins Elleonor Gulloni
  Goldstein Naren Chellapah
  Melbourne Ports Rob Smyth
  McEwan Cathy Vaina
  Flinders Ben Wild
  Hotham Helen Jeges
  Issacs Elizabeth Johnston
  Maribyrnong Fiona McRostie
  Menzies Anthony Hulbert
  Bruce Doug Leith
  Dunkley Tyson Jack
  Holt Louella Scanu
South Australia Makin Zarina Greenburg
  Sturt Geoff Russell
  Adelaide Matt Tidswell
  Hindmarsh Alyssa Liu
  Port Adelaide TBA  


Contact Points:

Victorian contact: Bruce Poon, Victorian Convenor and lead Senate candidate 0400 248 226
NSW contact:  Anna Hall, NSW Convenor, 0466 506 404
National contact: Professor Steve Garlick, President, 0428 880 564