Bruce Poon lives in Melbourne with his partner Fiona. He has a Bachelor of Science and runs a business providing project management services in the technology sphere. Bruce also established a non-profit organisation that takes young Australians around the world to participate in community work, for which he was provided an outstanding achievement award from the Governor of Victoria. OzQuest ran for 10 years and has now morphed into Aussie Action Abroad. He has belonged to a number of ‘thinking’ societies and wrote, produced and directed the play ‘Prelude, Ant Fugue’, exploring how the mind works through music, art and dialogue. Bruce is a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Programme and served as a member of the Board of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Victoria. He has provided coaching and life planning assistance to young people in schools and other youth forums.
He has been vegetarian or vegan since 1986, and worked on promoting compassionate, healthy and environmentally sound diets for much of that time. He lectures in Australia and overseas on the environmental impact of diet, and created with Vegetarian Victoria the educational brochure ‘Eating up the World’ which is in its third reprint and has been distributed widely. Bruce is a keen supporter of a number of animal campaigns, and thinks that it is time for animals to have a voice in our parliaments and councils.
Sarah is passionate about the protection of animals and looks forward to hearing their voice in parliament. She sees legislative change as crucial to recognising the interests and intrinsic value of animals and believes public support for this long-standing and important social movement is growing every day.
Sarah is a town planner and also operates an online business, The Arctic Vegan Store. She believes becoming vegan is the best thing an individual can do for animals and that any steps toward this goal are worthy and help end suffering. She has previously volunteered at wildlife shelters and provided foster care for kittens. Sarah also provides planning advice through her consultancy Planning for Animals, particularly in relation to the prevention of intensive farming proposals.
Sarah and her husband David live with their two young children, a dog and three cats, on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
Nyree Walshe (candidate for seat of Melbourne)
For the past 5 years, Nyree has been a member of Humane Research Australia (HRA) and is currently working with HRA and on-campus Animal Protection Societies on a campaign to introduce conscientious objection policies to animal use in Australian Universities. A member of PETA and PETA Australia, Nyree also supports campaigns by WSPCA, PCRM, HSUS, and Sea Shepherd online.
Having recently completed a Master of Health Administration at La Trobe University, Nyree brings over 20 years experience in the public and private health sectors to the Animal Justice Party.
Nyree has chosen to be a candidate for the Animal Justice Party because she believes that animals deserve not only compassion, but legal protection, and this can only be available to them through legislation.
Rosemary Lavin (candidate for seat of Batman)
Rosemary was born in South Africa where, at the age of 10, she was shown film footage of animals being slaughtered as part of the school curriculum. Since then she has been passionate about increasing public awareness about cruelty to animals and is appalled by the secrecy behind which factory farming, abattoirs, medical research laboratories, wildlife “management” and other such industries are protected.
As a teacher and Guidance Counsellor at a Middle School (ages 13 – 16) in Cape Town, teaching Music, Maths and Life Skills, Rosemary took opportunities to debate animal issues and the effect the human diet has on the planet. She has been vegetarian since 1971 and vegan since 2009 and believes a plant based diet is not only cruelty free and the healthiest option, but is the best solution towards healing the planet and feeding all nations.
Since arriving in Australia, Rosemary has been inspired by the countless dedicated volunteers who work to expose animal cruelty. She is further buoyed by the growing support for legislating animal protection and the establishment of the Animal Justice Party, the first political party in Australia that will give a voice to the voiceless.
Rosemary shares her Ferntree Gully home with her 22 year old son, currently at Deakin University, her 85 year old mother and their beloved dog, Jessie. They hope to adopt another dog soon. Since 2007, Rosemary has joined various animal rights groups and currently volunteers as a transporter/rescuer for Wildlife Victoria and helps at a wildlife shelter in Narre Warren.
As a candidate, Rosemary looks forward to challenging the morality of the many cruel practices inflicted upon animals and improving their lives through political progression