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Howard confirms Brown's weekend announcement of Abe's withdrawal from address to lower house

Media Release
Bob Brown 7 Aug 2007

Prime Minister John Howard today confirmed Greens Leader Bob Brown's weekend announcement that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had canned his speech to the House of Representatives.
 
"I am glad Mr Howard has confirmed my announcement. I now call on Mr Howard to invite New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke to replace Mr Abe in addressing the House of Representatives on September 10th," Senator Brown said.
 
"After all, Prime Minister Clarke is opposed to the whaling slaughter too. She should not be denied this honour simply because Mr Howard does not like her less conservative governance."
 
"The prospect of hostile protests against Abe's plan to harpoon Australia's humpback whales in our Antarctic waters this Christmas was not a good look and his withdrawal will save Mr Howard from embarrassment just weeks out from an election," Senator Brown said.
 
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