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Australia must end its deliberate silence on whaling when meeting with Japan

Greens spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, congratulates the Humane Society International for their successful legal action against the Japanese whaling company, Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, in the Federal Court yesterday. Senator Whish-Wilson said that the judgement against whaling in Australia’s Antarctic whale sanctuary leaves the Liberal government with no choice but to end their ongoing silence on the issue at the highest diplomatic levels.

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Time for Australian Government to take anti-whaling stance straight to Japanese Government (Including 13 statements from Greg Hunt, while in Opposition, about stopping Japanese Whaling)

With news overnight that Japan’s new plan for killing 4000 whales in the Southern Ocean has been rejected by an Expert Panel of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the Greens spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on the Australian Government to publicly rebuke Japan for rejecting the IWC advice and pushing ahead with its whaling plans.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Japan first thumbed their nose at the International Court of Justice verdict and now they are thumbing their nose at the IWC Expert Panel.

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Death sentence for nearly 4000 whales as Australian Government sits on hands

The Greens Spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the announcement of the new Japanese Whaling program for 2015/16 and beyond.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “Japan has issued themselves a permit to kill nearly 4000 Minke Whales in Antarctic waters. They want to put 333 whales on the butcher’s block, every year for the next twelve years.

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Australia’s leadership gap allows Japan back into the whaling game

Greens spokesperson for whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on Japan’s efforts at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to reinstate their whaling program despite losing the International Court of Justice (ICJ) case against Australia.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Since the ICJ case, Australia has failed to provide any leadership by putting public pressure on Japan to abandon any future plans to reinstate their whaling program.

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Whale warriors, Sea Shepherd always welcome in Launceston

The Australian Greens Spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments about the Sea Shepherd vessel, the MV Steve Irwin, leaving Launceston after a month in dry dock here.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “It was wonderful to see the people of Launceston open their arms in welcome to the Steve Irwin and her crew.

“Tasmanians feel a close connection to whales and our precious Antarctic environment, and having the Steve Irwin in dry dock here for a month only strengthens these bonds.

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Greens welcome Sea Shepherd to Launceston

Today Australian Greens Spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomed the Steve Irwin to Launceston where the Sea Shepherd flagship will spend three weeks in dry-dock.

The Launceston based Senator made international news earlier this week briefly meeting Japanese Prime Minister Abe and passing on a letter from Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson personally urging Abe to reconsider Japan's plans to return to whaling in the Southern Ocean.

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Statement on handing whaling letter to Japanese PM

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson commented this morning on his brief meeting last night with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, where he was able to personally hand PM Abe a letter from Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson.

"Last night I attended the Parliament House Dinner for the Japanese Prime Minister, and was able to meet and talk with Shinzo Abe," said Australian Greens spokesperson on whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

"I took the opportunity to respectfully hand him a letter from Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson and asked that he read the letter.

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Media Release // International Court of Justice decision will be a defining moment in efforts to end whaling

International Court of Justice decision will be a defining moment in efforts to end whaling

The verdict tonight from the International Court of Justice in The Hague on ‘Whaling in the Antarctic’ (Australia v. Japan) will be a defining moment in global whaling policy. The Greens spokesperson on Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments in the lead up to the verdict.

“I hope that this summer just gone will be the last whaling season ever in the Southern Ocean.

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Australian Trade Minister’s comments give green light to Japanese whalers to escalate violence

Greens spokesperson for whaling, Senator Whish-Wilson responds to the latest brazen attacks by the Japanese whaling fleet on the Sea Shepherd vessels.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Greg Hunt broke a promise to send the ACV Ocean Protector to the Southern Ocean to protect human life at sea. Because of this Liberal government we now have no on-water search and rescue capacity to deal with a disaster in the Southern Ocean. This puts Australians lives at risk."

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