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Motion: Animal testing of cosmetics

Motion
Lee Rhiannon 27 Nov 2014

Senator RUSTON (South Australia-Deputy Government Whip in the Senate) (12:19): I, and also on behalf of Senators Rhiannon, Singh, Lazarus, Wang, Xenophon, O'Sullivan and Muir, move:

That the Senate-
(a) notes:
(i) the majority of Australians believe the use of animal testing to evaluate safety of cosmetic products and ingredients is unnecessary, and
(ii) the regulatory framework in Australia for chemicals, including cosmetics, is complex; and
(b) urges the Government to aspire to eliminate unnecessary animal test methods to evaluate safety of cosmetic products and ingredients.

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:20): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RHIANNON: While the Senate is not blazing a new trail with this motion, 31 countries including the world's largest cosmetics market, the EU, have banned animal tested cosmetics. This is a small, positive step towards achieving the ban here. A public opinion poll conducted in May last year by Nexus Research on behalf of humane research found that 81 per cent of Australians want cruel cosmetics banned. A July 2014 opinion poll conducted by Roy Morgan Research showed that 'not tested on animals' was one of the top three features looked for by Australian female consumers when buying cosmetics. Now we need reform in Australia, the Greens End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014 is before the Senate. This is a way we can act on our aspiration to end cruel cosmetics and animal tested ingredients. I congratulate Be Cruelty-Free Australia and Senator Ruston for their work on this issue.

Question agreed to.

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