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Labor to ban animal testing for cosmetics



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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

STEPHEN JONES MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR HEALTH MEMBER FOR THROSBY

CLARE O’NEIL MP MEMBER FOR HOTHAM

LABOR TO BAN ANIMAL TESTING FOR COSMETICS

Labor announced today that a Shorten Labor Government will ban animal testing for cosmetics within Australia and ban the importation and sale of new products tested on animals overseas.

This week, the Member for Hotham, Clare O’Neil, will table a Private Member’s Bill, the Ethical Cosmetics Bill, designed to give effect to this policy.

During the 2013 election campaign, Tanya Plibersek announced that Labor would conduct a national consultation on the importation and sale of cosmetics tested on animals. In 2014, the consultation received more than 13,000 submissions and an extensive consultation process was undertaken. More than 90 per cent of submissions argued that animal tested cosmetics should be banned in Australia.

The law should reflect the ethics of the community. It’s clear that the vast majority of Australians don’t believe animals should suffer for better lipstick or cleanser.

There is nothing glamourous about the cruel treatment of animals.

Australia has the opportunity to join the European Union, Israel and other countries which are moving towards this policy. Australians want to see action now.

Labor believes that this issue deserves more than a few pages of poorly thought through legislation with no genuine consultation. We’ve taken great care to ensure we get this right.

Labor is a party that’s serious about policy. We’re backing our policy with drafted legislation and we’re willing to work with all parties and cross-benchers to see that this Bill is properly debated in Parliament.

Industry has told us that the practice of animal testing is uncommon in Australia. There is no reason why we shouldn’t put an end to this practice for cosmetics and at the same time prevent products from being imported that have been tested on animals.

Companies shouldn’t be allowed to hide their testing practices in other countries.

This is an important piece of legislation and deserves to be given the full attention of the House.

SUNDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2016

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