Labor has announced that it is introducing a private member’s bill into Parliament this week to ban the testing of cosmetics on animals as well as the importation of any cosmetic products tested on animals. There is currently no legislation preventing Australian companies from performing such testing.
The move to ban animal testing has support. In 2014 the Panel made oral and written submissions to the national ALP Cosmetics & Animal Testing Policy Consultation in support of a national ban. During the consultation process, more than 13,000 people made submissions. Of those, more than 90 per cent supported a ban on animal testing.