Just as the Australian Government was struggling in the Senate to answer basic questions about what they will do to prevent Japan undertaking commercial whaling in the Southern Ocean, Japan announced that their whalers will be leaving port tomorrow, the 1st of December.
Greens spokesperson for whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said, “Despite every possible warning, the Government has been caught with its pants down over Japan’s intention to continue whaling.
The Senate notes with deep concern recent political developments in Cambodia, including the issuing of an arrest warrant based on seven-year-old defamation charges against opposition Leader Sam Rainsy and his subsequent removal from parliament and stripping of his parliamentary immunity.
We heard from the Ministry for the Arts in the final hearing of the Senate Arts Inquiry. After months of hearings and submissions it is still unclear why the Abbott-Turnbull Government were motivated to set up the NPEA/Catalyst in the first place. No consultation took place. No one in the industry wants it. Senator Brandis clearly broke something that didn’t need fixing.
To progress the issue of Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples it is essential they have the opportunity to come together discuss the issues and determine what form of recognition they would support, said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.