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Animal advocate endorsed as candidate

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The Animal Justice Party has endorsed Kyneton’s Georgie Purcell as the lead Upper House candidate for Northern Victoria at the November state election.

Ms Purcell is an animal rescuer who lives in Kyneton with 16 rescued sheep, three horses, a 42-year-old donkey, four ex-puppy farm dogs and four rescue cats. She works as chief of staff to Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick.

She is passionate about ending recreational duck shooting, protecting wildlife, creating a new position of Minister for Animal Protection, incentivising plant-based agriculture and improving affordability and accessibility of veterinary services. 

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Prior to working in parliament, Georgie was a union official. She is also a qualified lawyer.

As well as her passion for animal protection, she cares about job security, improving access to abortion and other health services in regional areas and the representation of young women in political systems.

“After four years working in the Victorian Parliament, I’ve seen the change we can make by having one representative for animals. With even more, the Animal Justice Party will be a stronger political force for animals, people and the planet,” she said.

“Despite so many political decisions impacting young people and women, we are still under-represented in political systems. I want young women like myself to be able to see themselves in politics.”

“Millennials like myself are often given a rough go – but we are actually more politically engaged than ever. We just aren’t truly represented in the halls of power.”

“More and more Victorian voters are losing faith in the major parties and are seeking an alternative. When elected, I will work pragmatically with the government to improve the lives of animals and people in our region.”

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