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Rudd should replace Ady Gil & demand Tokyo pay up - Greens alarm as China moves in on Antarctic ‘resources’

The Rudd government should fund a replacement of the $2 million Sea Shepherd ship Ady Gil rammed by a Japanese whale killer patrol boat yesterday.

"The bill should be sent to Tokyo with a demand for payment," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

Senator Brown has also called for the release of film of the Japanese whale slaughter taken by Australia's ‘Oceanic Viking' two years ago. Environment Minister Peter Garrett has suppressed the release because it would upset Tokyo.

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Government should track whale poachers

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has called on the government to investigate a report today that Japanese whalers have breached the Antarctic Treaty by refuelling in a prohibited area.

"Sea Shepherd has just reported to Australian Customs that the Japanese whaling fleet was seen refuelling in Antarctic waters just a short distance away from a major penguin colony, which is a breach of the Antarctic Treaty," Senator Brown said.

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Greens to ban any Aussie aid for whaling

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.

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Greens rebuff Garrett letter on whaling

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has received a letter from Environment Minister Peter Garrett in response to his call for the government to send a surveillance vessel to monitor the whaling season in the Southern Ocean and has responded today as follows:

Dear Peter

Thank you for your letter of 23 December 2009.

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Kevin Rudd in hiding over Japanese whaling: Greens

The Australian Greens have welcomed the arrival of the Sea Shepherd vessel ‘Steve Irwin' on a brief stopover in Hobart this morning.

"The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has again shown up the timidity of the Government, seeking to enforce international law while the Australian Government stands on the sidelines," said Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

"These campaigners have inspired Australians with their courage and willingness to act while notionally anti-whaling states like Australia stand by and do nothing.

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Whaling ‘war’ with Rudd absent, say Greens

Australia's government is absent as the SS Sea Shepherd faces up against the odds in the nastiest confrontation ever between whalers and whale protectors in the Southern Ocean.

"This is a whaling war with Kevin Rudd missing from action," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"Japan has two naval vessels involved. Rudd should at least send surveillance planes or vessels to record this David-and-Goliath war over whales."

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Greens concerned Japan using military personnel to protect illegal whaling

The Australian Greens are deeply concerned by reports that Japan has deployed military personnel on vessels to protect its Antarctic whaling fleet.

"This is unconscionable behaviour which must be immediately condemned by the Australian government to prevent possible escalation of violence in our southern seas," Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Marine Spokesperson said today.

"News that the Japanese security escort Shonan Maru 2 is employing 'military-style tactics' is very worrying and a sign things might turn violent.

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Govt must take legal action against Japanese whaling right now: Greens

The Australian Greens today called on the Rudd Government to commence legal action against Japan's whaling operations immediately, and make any new deal on a free trade agreement contingent on an end to Antarctic whaling.

"It appears there was no progress made with the Japanese Prime Minister yesterday. The longer the government delays commencing legal action the more whales will be killed in our southern oceans," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Rachel on Japanese whaling - ABC Breakfast

The annual whale hunt is about to commence in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary with Japanese whalers, including the factory ship the Nisshin Maru, in place for the slaughter of nearly 1,000 minke whales and 50 fin whales. The start of the hunt coincides with a brief visit to Japan by Kevin Rudd, who will stop over in Tokyo on his way to Copenhagen to meet the new Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

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