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Rudd should intervene in Whale War

The Rudd Government's decision to turn its back on the "whale war" in Australian Antarctic waters is irresponsible, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The collision of a Japanese whaling ship and the Sea Shepherd vessel Bob Barker shows as much courage by Sea Shepherd as it does diplomatic cowardice by Canberra," said Senator Brown.

"The Prime Minister should dispatch a naval vessel to keep the peace.

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Provisions of services, support and resources to whaling ventures

ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AMENDMENT (PROHIBITION OF SUPPORT FOR WHALING) BILL 2010

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Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (9.59 am)—I, and also on behalf of Senator Abetz, move: That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to prohibit the provisions of services, support and resources to whaling ventures.

Question agreed to.

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Greens call for end to Aussie spy planes aiding Japanese whaling

The Australian Greens today introduced a private Senators Bill to ban any form of Australian assistance to Japanese whaling, such as the use of spy planes.

"My Bill creates a new offence making it unlawful to provide services, support or resources to an organisation engaged in whaling so the Australian government and local companies can no longer assist Japan's brutal whaling regime," said Australian Greens whaling spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Garrett's whale expedition is more fiddling while Rome burns – Greens

While the launch of an Antarctic whale research expedition today will contribute important scientific data, Minister Peter Garrett is kidding himself if he thinks it will do anything to influence Japanese whaling, according to The Australian Greens.

"Late last year the statements of the new Japanese government clearly indicated that they are pursuing what they consider is their national right to hunt whales for domestic consumption," Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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It's Not THAT Easy Being Green, Tony

The Liberal Party may have made valid criticisms of the Federal Government's lack of action on the Murray-Darling and other issues, but neither of the major parties have proven their credentials on the environment, according to the Australian Greens.

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Lower Murray, says last night's speech by Tony Abbott has attracted a lot of attention, but that the Liberals have to do more than just talk to convince people they are serious on the environment.

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Rudd should seek Clinton’s support on whaling - Brown

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should seek backing from the Obama administration to end Japanese whaling in Antarctic waters when Hilary Clinton calls into Canberra next Monday, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Tokyo's petulant sniping at Julia Gillard over her super-modest comments on the sinking of the Ady Gil by Japan's whaling brigands shows nothing will satisfy Tokyo," Senator Brown said.

A ‘Stop the Slaughter' rally in support of Sea Shepherd's anti-whaling activities will be held in Salamanca Place this Saturday morning at 11:30AM.

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Garrett’s wait-till-after-the-election ploy on whales

The Rudd government will take no conclusive action on the Japanese whale slaughter in Antarctic waters this side of the 2010 federal election, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart this afternoon.

"Environment Minister Peter Garrett's wimpish delay of any legal action until after the next International Whaling Commission meeting in June avoids upsetting Tokyo but will leave a trail of whale blood from Australian Antarctic waters to Japan," Senator Brown said.

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Greens send Japan $2 million bill for Ady Gil

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has sent a bill for $2 million to the Japanese Ambassador after a Japanese ship sank the Sea Shepherd's fleet-pursuit vessel the Ady Gil.

"The bill should be coming from the Australian and New Zealand governments. However, the Rudd government has left it to the Japanese Government to make all the demands so far. Here is a demand in return," Senator Brown said.

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