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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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Ensure the whale sanctuary

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today expressed his disappointment that the Gillard Government has no plans to send a monitoring vessel to the Southern Ocean.

"Minister Burke might as well direct his call for calm to the whales, for all the good that will come of it," Senator Brown said in Launceston.

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Whale slaughter should be filmed: Brown

The Gillard government should be sending a naval presence into the Antarctic whale sanctuary this summer and seeking an injunction against Japan's slaughter of whales, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"It's illegal to kill whales in the whale sanctuary. It is that simple," Senator Brown said in Canberra.

"Pictures of this bloody slaughter by Japanese whalers, capturing images of their grenade-tipped harpoons turning the Antarctic seas red, should be sent around the world."

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Brown condemns Japan’s blood money

The reported decision of Japan to spend $27 million of public money on killing whales in Antarctica this summer must rate as one of the most stupid PR decisions of any equivalent nation in recent times, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

“It is $27 million wasted on defending the indefensible,” Senator Brown said today.

“The question the world will ask is why not put this money into cleaning up the other great environmental disaster, the Fukushima nuclear complex.

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Tell Japan to stop wasting police time: Brown

An official complaint should be sent to Japan over its misuse ofAustralian police resources following another raid on the Sea Shepherdships in Hobart today, Greens Leader Bob Brown said.

"This morning in Hobart we've seen the third consecutive AustralianFederal Police raid on Sea Shepherd vessels following Sea Shepherd'ssuccessful campaign against illegal whaling in the Southern Ocean.

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Warm welcome for Sea Shepherd's courageous crew - Brown

A warm welcome is being organised for Sea Shepherd ships, the Bob Barker and the Steve Irwin, on Sunday 6 March, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"At least 800 whales are alive and swimming free in the ocean south of Tasmania due to Sea Shepherd's courageous crew," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

"I hope there will be an even bigger turn out of Hobartians than last year and I am looking forward to joining the welcome as Paul Watson and his crew step ashore."

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