The Turnbull Government’s animal testing announcement today is a cynical election ploy without any substance.
In February, Labor announced that we would ban animal testing on cosmetics in Australia as well as the importation and sale of new products tested on animals overseas.
A Private Members Bill to enforce the changes was introduced by the Member for Hotham Clare O’Neil. Instead of supporting the Bill and bringing it on for debate, the Liberals buried it.
Labor’s proposed legislation followed an extensive public consultation process run by Ms O’Neil and Shadow Assistant Minister for Health, Stephen Jones, which received more than 13,000 submissions. We consulted with industry, animal rights activists, scientists and individuals to come up with a policy that would work.
The majority of submissions supported Australia joining the growing number of countries that have already banned cosmetics tested on animals, including member states of the European Union.
“When we introduced our Bill into Parliament we said we were willing to work with other parties to ensure it became law. The Liberals and Nationals said nothing,” Mr Jones said.
“It is a real shame that instead of supporting our proposed changes in February, the Government was more interested in playing politics than ending the cruel practice of animal testing.”
Ms O’Neil said: “If the Turnbull Government was serious about animal testing they would have supported Labor’s legislation when it was before Parliament this year.”
STEPHEN JONES MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR HEALTH
MEMBER FOR THROSBY AND CANDIDATE FOR WHITLAM
CLARE O’NEIL MP
MEMBER FOR HOTHAM