4 December 2017
The Australian Greens provide an update on where parliament is up to in debating an end to cruel cosmetics in Australia: "We are at a crucial stage in passing legislation that will end the shocking suffering caused by animal-tested cosmetics.
In 2014 I introduced into the Senate my End Cruel Cosmetics Bill and have continued campaigning on this issue since.
This week, the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 may be voted on in Parliament. This bill could end animal-tested cosmetics in Australia, but only if two major loopholes are closed in the bill.
The government ban as set out in their bill contains a major loophole that will still allow 80% of animal-tested cosmetics into Australia.
The Greens are co-sponsoring amendments with other cross-bench and opposition Senators to close this loophole to achieve a ban on cruel cosmetics in Australia.
We are so close to having a breakthrough for the animals.
We are working hard in parliament to ensure these amendments are supported by the Liberals, Nationals, Labor and the cross-bench so that we can ensure our plan to end cruel cosmetics is locked into law. " - Senator Lee Rhiannon.
Read the full article here. Unfortunately on 14 December 2017, we found out the proposed Industrial Chemicals Bill that was listed for debate mid-December 2017, was pulled from the Notice Paper by the Coalition government. It will be now debated in 2018.