Vegan election test: how the parties rate

It's time for political parties to take into account the views of the 400,000 vegan Australians as well as the vast majority of Australians who are against animal cruelty and the many who are reducing their consumption of meat, dairy and eggs. Whether vegan or not, people care about animals, climate change and the health of fellow Australians.

In the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election, Vegan Australia, in association with Vegan NSWput together a list of questions to send to political parties and candidates to help us understand how they rate on issues such as the well-being of animals, caring for our environment and our health and the protection of equal rights. The answers are now in!


The graphic above displays a summary of the responses. Apart from the major parties, only parties whose candidates responded to the survey are listed. Each party's score is the average of all candidates of that party who responded to the survey. We have also provided the full detailed responses for each candidate. The Labor Party provided a response in text form, without answering the survey.

We hope this helps you decide where to place your preferences.

Update: To save space in the above graphic, we removed some of the smaller parties. For completeness, below is a summary of all parties who completed the survey. Independents are not included, but their responses can be seen on our Responses to 2019 federal election candidate survey page.


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  • Mark Aldridge
    commented 2019-05-11 16:10:48 +1000
  • Mark Aldridge
    commented 2019-05-11 16:10:22 +1000
    Wikipedia can be altered by anyone, judge a candidate by his actions and or theri party policy if you do not mind, nothing honest in some of these replies, democracy empowers the people above parliament and that is our main aim to restore the commonwealth and to call us xenophobic when we have support from all sorts of groups that undermine that statement, because of who we are, you are confused with Anning I would say.
  • Mark Aldridge
    commented 2019-05-09 11:58:52 +1000 is our website, I will work on animal welfare law its what I do, but as for false info, that defeats the idea of democracy and moving forward. well said by the way Leigh
  • Leigh Martin
    commented 2019-05-09 11:47:34 +1000
    Im all for comments here, though any type of name calling/shaming needs to be withheld.
    Yes, passions are Higher around election time, but this country is WAY behind where I think it NEEDS to be, and Honestly NO one party ticks all the boxes for me, so at this point its a case of building allyship and closing unnecessary divide.
    Vegan to me means a Cruelty Free lifestyle focus which goes hand in hand with, Consistent Anti ALL Oppression.
    Humans do seem to take small steps forward in progress, in stead of LEAPS forward in progress, and that is frustrating in SO many ways.
    I am a very optimistic character, and I am committed to progress forward in whatever shape/form it is, which will never be easy.

    I write this on the land of the Boon Wurrung Mob with full respect to their culture and people.
  • Mark Aldridge
    commented 2019-05-09 07:42:56 +1000
    Anonymous for a reason no truth to you post at all.
  • Mark Aldridge
    commented 2019-05-08 17:51:39 +1000
    I am the lead senate candidate in SA for the Great Australian Party, we were not polled on the questions. I am a staunch environmentalist with an animal welfare back ground, at a legislative level, and I do rescue and own a sanctuary, I also run fresh produce markets to encourage healthy eating, for what it is worth.
  • Leigh Martin
    commented 2019-05-07 14:49:26 +1000
    Hope to see More comments here from political parties, in particular my local candidates at Animal Justice Party and Greens…