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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  • Brett O'Donnell
    commented 2019-05-11 18:06:29 +1000
    This is a Vegan website and Mark puts in a considerable effort into rescuing and caring for animals. I thought there would be more support for organisations such as Willow Wood Animal Sanctuary on this site and whilst I don’t agree with all of Marks views nor that of his party, that’s another story
  • 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.
  • Celeste Love
    commented 2019-05-11 09:14:19 +1000
    People should thoroughly check the actual party’s policies. You have The Great Australia Party ranked quite highly but they are populist right wing.

    I’m very dubious about how you have done this survey. You can’t just fall back on the “It’s what questions candidates answered” when you are suggesting right wing parties that have violent members and split from One Nation, and rank lower parties that are founded on human rights.

    I’m not affiliated with any party, but your rankings are dodgy. You’re either being duped or are naive. It really makes me doubt everything else you do :(
  • Courtney-Kylie Noble
    commented 2019-05-11 05:53:38 +1000
    Did you send this list to Penny Kyburz, Emma Davidson and Johnathan Davidson? They are Greens Party candidates for the division of Bean in the ACT, for the senate and house of representatives. I’m pretty disappointed they didn’t respond if you did.
  • Brett O'Donnell
    commented 2019-05-10 19:52:05 +1000
    I get a sense that there are some technical or administrative glitches happening – my responses were provided on April 28 and again earlier this week but I am still not listed. My responses can be found here:
    I cross post everything I say to electors or advocacy groups in the interests of transparency and accountability. I fully concur with Leigh’s comments and whilst I don’t agree with Mark’s environmental views, he is certainly entitled to them and note that we share common ground on other matters
  • 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.
  • Anonymous
    commented 2019-05-09 09:07:01 +1000
    Wheee, a candidate who hasn’t even read his party’s policies. Impressive. It’s one thing to mistakenly support a party who you haven’t assessed properly, quite another to stand as a candidate for a bunch of zenophobic, climate denialist crackpots and to not understand that.
  • Mark Aldridge
    commented 2019-05-09 07:42:56 +1000
    Anonymous for a reason no truth to you post at all.
  • Anonymous
    commented 2019-05-09 04:43:37 +1000
    I feel sorry for Mark A below. I read the GAP policies and while the animals one isn’t bad, it fudges the live export issue. The primary industry policy is a bit better on that and appears to be against live export although comes close to justifying that stance with bigotry. They also say “GAP will promote and elevate kangaroo and crocodile meat consumption through both domestic and export trade”. Yeah :-/ The party is unashamedly in favour of dairy, meat and wool and, beyond that, the rest of their policies come across as the infantile, protectionist rantings of a half-wit. Because they are. This is ex-Senator and notorious bankrupt Rod Culleton’s vanity party. Their energy policy doesn’t even mention renewable energy, go figure. By all means vote for whoever you want but don’t kid yourself that the GAP is some soft environmentalist and pro-animal lobby. They aint.
  • 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…
  • Narelle Everard
    commented 2019-05-01 20:05:54 +1000
    Thank you for inviting me to participate in this survey.
    Narelle Everard – Australian Workers Party.