Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown says the Greens will bring a bill into parliament requiring a patrol vessel to be sent to monitor any whaling activity in Australian waters or whale sanctuaries.
“I have written to opposition leader Tony Abbott to seek his support for this bill which directly reflects Opposition and Greens policy. It would ensure a naval or other patrol vessel was patrolling in the internationally recognised Antarctic whaling sanctuary or any such intrusion as the Shonan Maru II entering Australia’s own coastal whale sanctuary at present.
“We also want the Opposition to revert to its original support for Senator Rachel Siewert’s bill prohibiting Australian businesses from supporting the Japanese whalers as they did when providing spy flights over Sea Shepherd’s boat several years ago.
“The fact the Gillard government has failed to send a patrol vessel out to monitor the invasion of Australia’s sanctuary by the Shonan Maru II is shocking and Tony Abbott’s commitment to doing so if he were in government is one we support,” Senator Brown said.
Senator Brown called for the Australian Government to demand Tokyo immediately release the three West Australians now being held captive on the Japanese whaling ship.