With Australia’s federal election a matter of weeks away, and a majority of the candidates being announced, the country’s ‘animal protection’ groups are trying to politicise the plight of other animals.
Animals Australia has even gone as far as to create a page that allows a person to put in their electorate and find out how the current MP stands on the issue of Live Export, and/or The Independent Office of Animal Welfare. They have even sent out a number or tweets trying to tell the major parties that based on polling, a positive position on both will get them the vote.
Sadly, there are going to be a number of voters who will get hoodwinked into believing that just because a current MP or candidate says that they support the Independent Office of Animal Welfare, or that live export should be phased out that that is actually the way that they will vote.
As we saw when bills were presented to parliament to end live export in 2011, they were both defeated with only the two who proposed the bills, Adam Brandt, and Andrew Wilkie. All other members of the House of Representatives either voted against it or abstained from voting.
And yet, if you have a look at the Animals Australia page titled “Put Animals On The Political Map” it list all those who support the two ‘policies’ with a green tag, those who don’t a red one, blue for those who support one policy, and grey for those whose position is unknown.
What makes it interesting is that it lists a number of currently sitting Labor politicians as being supporters of both policies. And yet, as I mentioned above, none of those MP’s actually voted in support of ending live export.
It is a sad fact of Australian politics that despite what any party politician says, it is how they vote when in parliament that actually matters. We have seen time and time again where a party politician says one thing outside of parliament and then votes in a different way inside parliament.
I think that it is extremely dishonest and misleading of Animals Australia to promote a party politician as being in support of a particular policy. They will only vote in support of it if the party they are a member of allows it. Crossing the floor to vote against their party unless they are allowed a conscience vote is pretty much committing political suicide as that member will be quickly moved to the back benches and possibly booted out of the party.
[GARD] If you honestly want your vote heard in parliament regarding animal related issues, I fully urge you to vote for an independent candidate. After all, it is only an independent that will vote according to the wishes of the electorate they represent, not the political party they are a member of.