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Science should precede fish farm expansion in Macquarie Harbour

The proposed expansion of fish farms in Macquarie Harbour should not be considered until comprehensive scientific studies are undertaken into the harbour's plants, animals and water flows, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"I have put in a short submission to the public review of the proposed development where I detail my concerns about the lack of baseline scientific data, impacts on native fauna and flora, noise and waste impacts and use of antibiotics," Senator Brown said.

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Sea Shepherd pilot free to defend whales from slaughter

Sea Shepherd helicopter pilot, Chris Aultman, has been granted a visa to enter Australia, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"I thank Immigration Minister Chris Bowen for his swift response to my request as to why two Sea Shepherd crew members were denied visas to enter Australia. Sea Shepherd's Chris Aultman and Tim Pierce, helicopter pilot and mechanic respectively, had both successfully applied before for visas to Australia. Mr Pierce is expected to be able to also join his colleague in Australia," Senator Brown said.

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Burke obsequious on whaling: Brown


Environment Minister Tony Burke will share the Gillard government's responsibility if the Japanese whaling fleet's invasion of the Antarctic whale sanctuary ends in violence, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.


"It's fatuous that a minister could talk about the Australian government's determination to leave Japan in control of our Antarctic waters as a manoeuvre dedicated to preventing ‘escalation'," Senator Brown said in Toowoomba.


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Greens applaud greater Antarctic protection

Australia's adoption of international obligations to better protect Antarctica's environment is a welcome step, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"I congratulate the Gillard government," Senator Brown said. "While the Madrid Protocol has proved an outstanding international agreement in protecting Antarctica's environment from mining, other threats abound now and will in the future."

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