Greens to ban any Aussie aid for whaling

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The Australian Greens will present the Senate with a bill to ban aid of any sort going to whaling, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"In the wake of news that the Japanese whaling fleet hired Australian planes, from Hobart and Albany, to track the Sea Shepherd ships' movements, we will introduce a bill banning any such assistance when the Senate resumes on 2 February.

"It will include air or sea surveillance and communications facilities.

"I will ask the Coalition and government to support our bill and I think that tripartisan support may well emerge," Senator Brown said.

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