LAST UPDATED: 7 November 2018
In one of the biggest swings against a sitting government ever in Australia, independent politician Dr Kerryn Phelps has been elected to represent the Sydney seat of Wentworth.
This result is more than Australian political history in the making — it is very good news for animals. Why? Because one of the key issues Dr Phelps highlighted during her campaign was her support for an end to the cruel live sheep export trade.
Losing the once blue-ribbon seat of Wentworth also means the Coalition has lost its one-seat majority in the House of Representatives. So the Morrison Government will now need to negotiate with the crossbenchers (including Dr Phelps) in a minority government. And at least four of the six cross-bench MPs support sparing sheep from live export cruelty!
A Bill to end live sheep export has passed the Senate and is now waiting to be debated and voted on in the House of Representatives. Dr Phelps’ win in Wentworth takes us one vote closer to seeing this historic legislation passed, and closer to the day all sheep will be spared from the horrors of the live export trade.