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Brown invites Garrett to Hobart for Sea Shepherd return

Greens Leader Bob Brown has invited the Environment Minister Peter Garrett, and opposition environment spokesperson Greg Hunt to come to Hobart for the return of the Sea Shepherd's ships the Steve Irwin and Bob Barker this Saturday morning.

Senator Brown said both men were welcome to speak at the public reception that will be held at the Long Gallery in Salamanca Place between 12.00 and 13.00 on Sunday 7 March.

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Brown calls for big Hobart welcome for Sea Shepherd

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has called on Tasmanians to give the Sea Shepherds' crew a big welcome back to Hobart next Saturday, March 6th.

A TV advertisement promoting the welcome will begin screening next week - You can see the advertisement here.

"After their courageous battles with the Japanese whaling fleet to protect the whales in Australia's Antarctic waters, this is a great chance for us all to welcome them all back home to Hobart," said Senator Brown.

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Whaling

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (10.02 am)—It is interesting to note that the opposition spokesperson for the environment, Mr Hunt, said on Monday that the government should show it is serious about stopping whaling by supporting a bill in the Senate this week. He went on: This week is the opportunity for Mr Rudd to support direct action to half Japanese whaling. Then he went on to say—and he is talking about Mr Rudd: Why will he not support the bill to end spy flights in support of Japanese whaling from Australian airports?

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Abetz blocks debate on his own whaling bill

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz today voted with the Government to block debate on his own bill to stop Australian companies aiding or abetting the slaughter of whales by the Japanese whaling fleet.

The Prohibition of Support for Whaling Bill was devised by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert after Japanese whalers chartered planes out of Hobart and Albany to spy on Sea Shepherd ships going to obstruct whaling. Senator Abetz then asked Senator Siewert if he could co-host the bill.

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Japanese whalers invade as Rudd talks trade

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has condemned the Japanese whaling ship's illegal invasion of Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone in Antarctica as belligerent and arrogant and a result of the Rudd Government's weakness over whales.

"While Mr. Rudd and, today, Foreign Minister Steven Smith have been politely talking up trade with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, Japan's whalers have bared their backsides to Canberra," said Mr. Brown.

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Rudd dithers over whaling - Greens

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should be taking the Japanese whalers to the International Court of Justice this whaling season and not next whaling season Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Thousands of whales have been slaughtered while Kevin Rudd has dithered over action," said Senator Brown.

"Australians were promised court action against the whalers by Mr Rudd in 2007.

"Meanwhile the slaughter goes on in Antarctica.

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Brown seeks meeting with Japan's Foreign Minister

Greens Leader Bob Brown has asked to meet Japan's Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada when he visits Australia this weekend.

"I want the Japanese government to free Pete Bethune and to know that 94% of Australians oppose whaling in Antarctic waters," Senator Brown said in Hobart this morning.

"If the Rudd government conveys any message on whaling to Mr Okada, it will be muffled in talk about a Free Trade Agreement with Tokyo, joint naval exercises and competition with China for minerals from Australia."

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Brown lauds Ady Gil Captain's courage

Greens Leader Bob Brown says that the Captain of the Sea Shepherd boat Ady Gil has shown extraordinary courage in waters south of Australia's Heard Island today.

"Captain Peter Bethune, with his five crew, was nearly killed when the Ady Gil was rammed and sunk by the Shonan Maru 2. He has now boarded the Shonan Maru 2 itself to attempt a citizen's arrest of its captain and present a $3 million bill for the destroyed ship.

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