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Still no action on whaling

Senate Estimates have shown the true lack of commitment from the Rudd Government on the fight against whaling in our Antarctic waters.

Under questioning, it was confirmed that the 2008 budget held no funding for a continuation of the customs ship Oceanic Viking (or any other ship) to monitor Japanese whaling fleets in our Southern and Antarctic oceans, making one wonder just what they are doing to do about whaling into the future. Does this mean that the Government will not be undertaking monitoring of Japanese whaling activity into the future?

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Government needs less talk, more action on whaling

The Australian Greens today once again called on the Government to take legal action over whaling in Australian Antarctic waters.

"After talking up their response, the new Labor Government have done little more than the previous Howard government to tackle the whale slaughter," said Greens spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The Senate today passed my motion urging the Government to immediately commence legal action to stop the slaughter of our whale population. We look forward to an immediate commencement of real action by this Government."

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Greens demand halt to all whaling

The Australian Greens today condemned the Norwegian Government's announcement of an unchanged minke whale harvest of 1,052 for 2008.

"Despite the two-decade-old moratorium by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Norway continues to hunt whales for commercial purposes," said Greens spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Govt should release whale evidence

The Australian Greens are calling on the Federal Government to make photographic and video evidence collected during the Oceanic Viking operation available to HSI.

"If the government now has the evidence needed to mount a legal case against Japanese whaling, then there is a moral imperative for them to release it to support the current court case being fought on our behalf by HSI," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Using whales as a stalking horse

The debate flying in about whaling campaigns in recent days is symptomatic of the way predictable players use the summer whaling season as an opportunity to further their anti-environmental campaigns. Here's my contribution to the debate from today's Crikey email. Apologies if the links are behind the Crikey paywall...

Steve Shallhorn, my former boss at Greenpeace Australia Pacific and a man whom I admire, has, I fear, looked straight through a forest to focus on one particular tree.

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