Greens Leader Bob Brown will be dockside with the Sea Shepherd fleet before it leaves from Hobart for Antarctic waters today.
Senator Brown has written to the minister for the environment, Tony Burke, requesting an Australian naval presence to surveil Japanese whaling in Australia's Antarctic waters.
"Sea Shepherd are the champions for the whales and have massive public backing in Australia and elsewhere around the world. The least our government can do is provide footage so that the world can see what an ugly slaughter this is."
2 December 2010
The Hon Tony Burke MP
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Canberra ACT 2604
Fax: 02 62736101
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is set to sail from Hobart to the Southern Ocean today in its bid to stop illegal whaling.
Following the near fatal collision in Australian waters last year, I believe the Australian Government has a responsibility to provide naval surveillance of Japan's illegal whaling activities.
An Australian naval or customs vessel would act as a calming presence in the Southern Ocean; it would ensure the whalers are aware they cannot get away with illegal activities and that protest action remains peaceful.
We also know that this year there will be an Australian flagged vessel with Australian citizens aboard involved in the protest against illegal whaling. Any incident that may involve this vessel would have to beinvestigated by the Australian Government.
I look forward to hearing whether Australia will take on the responsibility of ensuring the international Convention for the Regulation of Whaling is upheld in our waters.
Senator Bob Brown
Australian Greens Leader