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Government legal action on whaling needs to be enacted immediately

How many more whales have to die before the Government makes up its mind if it is going to take legal action against Japan, asked the Australian Greens today.

"Mr Rudd's threats to take legal action are laughable, unless he has the will to put them into action - his Government has been using the same lines for the last two seasons just as the Coalition did before them, and Australians don't believe him" said Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Talisman Sabre military exercises

*1483 Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence-In regard to the Talisman Sabre military exercises in Shoalwater Bay, Queensland:
(1) What type and number of land vehicles, amphibious vehicles, aircraft and navy vessels will be involved in the 2009 exercises.
(2) What types and quantities of fuel are expected to be needed for the 2009 exercises.
(3) How much live fire will be used in the 2009 exercises.
(4) Will any missile firing take place in the 2009 exercises.

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Greenpeace activist’s human rights still under threat

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for the Australian Government to intervene in the treatment by Japanese authorities of two Greenpeace activists.

"News that Greenpeace activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki's bail conditions have finally been relaxed is welcome, but their ongoing fight for justice still continues," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Take note of Minister Wong's answers on Climate Change

I rise to particularly take note of an answer given by the Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Wong. I want to point out to the Senate that we are reaching the global tipping point from which there will be no return. This is a matter that shows how serious the climate crisis has become. There are other senators in this chamber who joined me only a week ago in Tasmania at the CRC for Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems. We heard from the scientists there with regard to acidification of the ocean. Their study is published today in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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Greens urge Rudd to explain raid on Steve Irwin

Greens Leader Bob Brown has demanded that the Rudd Government explain the raid on the Sea Shepherd's anti-whaling ship Steve Irwin.

Senator Brown today has written to the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd calling for an immediate explanation on how the raid could be justified, or in the nation's interest.

"Otherwise Mr Rudd should order the immediate return of the film and other materials seized from the Steve Irwin to Sea Shepherd and the international media organisations which are aboard."

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Garrett should reject whale slaughter deal

The Greens are calling on Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett to reject a secret International Whaling Commission deal that allows Japan to kill more whales in the North Pacific Ocean, in return for killing less in the Southern Ocean.

Greens Spokesperson on Whaling, Senator Rachel Siewert said the Greens would be using the next sitting of Parliament to press the Government for more details of the secret whale slaughter deal, and press the Government to withdraw from negotiations.

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