Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today expressed his disappointment that the Gillard Government has no plans to send a monitoring vessel to the Southern Ocean.
"Minister Burke might as well direct his call for calm to the whales, for all the good that will come of it," Senator Brown said in Launceston.
"Government action should go way beyond legal action which will bring zero help to the whales this year."
"I join the New Zealand Greens in calling for the Australian and New Zealand governments to send patrol vessels to protect the whales from the Japanese onslaught."
"How typical of the Government to have a patrol vessel in Hobart for offshore oil and gas but not for whales," Senator Brown said.