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Japan’s decision to recommence whaling is caused by Australian government weakness

Greens spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the Australian Government to immediately condemn Japan for their decision to recommence whaling in the Southern Ocean this Summer.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “No Australian Government in a generation has been so silent and so passive in providing supposed opposition to whaling.

“Senior Australian politicians from the Prime Minister down have gone out of their way to avoid raising the concerns of the Australian people with the Japanese leadership about whaling.

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Senate fails to reinstate night-fishing ban on ‘super trawler” Geelong Star by a single vote

This evening the Senate failed to disallow regulations that had lifted a ban on night fishing by the factory-freezer vessel Geelong Star by a single vote. A tied vote, 31 for and 31 against, means the disallowance motion to reinstate the night-fishing ban was unsuccessful. The Geelong Star courted controversy earlier in the year when it caught and killed 9 dolphins.

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Australia must end its deliberate silence on whaling when meeting with Japan

Greens spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, congratulates the Humane Society International for their successful legal action against the Japanese whaling company, Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, in the Federal Court yesterday. Senator Whish-Wilson said that the judgement against whaling in Australia’s Antarctic whale sanctuary leaves the Liberal government with no choice but to end their ongoing silence on the issue at the highest diplomatic levels.

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Senate calls on Government to reinstate world-class marine reserves

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed Senate support for her motion calling on the Government to reinstate Australia’s world-leading system of marine reserves, noting that Australia has some of the world‘s greatest marine natural resources with rich biodiversity.

“The Senate has supported my motion explicitly calling on the Government to reinstate Australia’s system of marine reserves.

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Senator Rachel Siewert comments on north-west coral bleaching threat

“It is very concerning to learn that rising sea temperatures driven by El Nino are threatening coral reefs off the Kimberley coast.

“This highlights yet again the importance of ensuring that we protect areas of our marine environments, protecting areas from other impacts helps ensure they are more resilient and gives our reefs a fighting chance.

“We have unique marine species found nowhere else in the world, but right around the country, our oceans are under threat.

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City of Albany urged to consider Eco Shark Barrier during tendering process for Middleton Beach this summer

 Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed part State Government funding for a shark barrier enclosure at Middleton Beach in Albany and has urged the City of Albany to consider a barrier that offers safety to swimmers without compromising the environment.

 “It is great to see Middleton beach has been offered $200,000 in part funding to install a shark barrier enclosure for 2015/16.

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Questioning on anti-radicalisation kit produces unconvincing reasoning for shark cull photo

"Recently the Government released an ‘Anti Radicalisation Kit’ which discussed combating extremism and pictured an image of the peaceful #‎noWAsharkcull protest that I attended with thousands of Western Australians early last year”, said Senator Rachel Siewert.  

“After the community rejected the image as part of the kit, it was promptly removed online.

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