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Garrett’s wait-till-after-the-election ploy on whales

The Rudd government will take no conclusive action on the Japanese whale slaughter in Antarctic waters this side of the 2010 federal election, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart this afternoon.

"Environment Minister Peter Garrett's wimpish delay of any legal action until after the next International Whaling Commission meeting in June avoids upsetting Tokyo but will leave a trail of whale blood from Australian Antarctic waters to Japan," Senator Brown said.

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Greens send Japan $2 million bill for Ady Gil

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has sent a bill for $2 million to the Japanese Ambassador after a Japanese ship sank the Sea Shepherd's fleet-pursuit vessel the Ady Gil.

"The bill should be coming from the Australian and New Zealand governments. However, the Rudd government has left it to the Japanese Government to make all the demands so far. Here is a demand in return," Senator Brown said.

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Rudd should replace Ady Gil & demand Tokyo pay up - Greens alarm as China moves in on Antarctic ‘resources’

The Rudd government should fund a replacement of the $2 million Sea Shepherd ship Ady Gil rammed by a Japanese whale killer patrol boat yesterday.

"The bill should be sent to Tokyo with a demand for payment," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

Senator Brown has also called for the release of film of the Japanese whale slaughter taken by Australia's ‘Oceanic Viking' two years ago. Environment Minister Peter Garrett has suppressed the release because it would upset Tokyo.

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Government should track whale poachers

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has called on the government to investigate a report today that Japanese whalers have breached the Antarctic Treaty by refuelling in a prohibited area.

"Sea Shepherd has just reported to Australian Customs that the Japanese whaling fleet was seen refuelling in Antarctic waters just a short distance away from a major penguin colony, which is a breach of the Antarctic Treaty," Senator Brown said.

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Greens to ban any Aussie aid for whaling

The Australian Greens will present the Senate with a bill to ban aid of any sort going to whaling, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"In the wake of news that the Japanese whaling fleet hired Australian planes, from Hobart and Albany, to track the Sea Shepherd ships' movements, we will introduce a bill banning any such assistance when the Senate resumes on 2 February.

"It will include air or sea surveillance and communications facilities.

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Greens rebuff Garrett letter on whaling

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has received a letter from Environment Minister Peter Garrett in response to his call for the government to send a surveillance vessel to monitor the whaling season in the Southern Ocean and has responded today as follows:

Dear Peter

Thank you for your letter of 23 December 2009.

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Whaling ‘war’ with Rudd absent, say Greens

Australia's government is absent as the SS Sea Shepherd faces up against the odds in the nastiest confrontation ever between whalers and whale protectors in the Southern Ocean.

"This is a whaling war with Kevin Rudd missing from action," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"Japan has two naval vessels involved. Rudd should at least send surveillance planes or vessels to record this David-and-Goliath war over whales."

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