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Greenpeace activist’s human rights still under threat

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for the Australian Government to intervene in the treatment by Japanese authorities of two Greenpeace activists.

"News that Greenpeace activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki's bail conditions have finally been relaxed is welcome, but their ongoing fight for justice still continues," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Government in the dark on Japanese whaling

The Federal Government has no idea what whaling operations may have occurred in our own Antarctic waters, say the Australian Greens.

"Questioning in Senate Estimates tonight has revealed that the Australian Government does not know if any whaling occurred in our waters during the current whaling season," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

"During estimates it was confirmed that the Government had not followed up reports from the Sea Shepherd that they had found at least part of the Japanese fleet in Australian waters."

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Christmas Island Pipistrelle Bat facing extinction

The Australian Greens today called on the Government to urgently invest in research to save the pipistrelle microbat, found only on Christmas Island, which is facing imminent extinction.

"It is terrible that things have been allowed to get to this state. The fragile and unique ecosystem that exists on Christmas Island needs to be protected," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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No compromise on halting all whaling

A ‘compromise' package put forward by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that would see radical changes to Japan's whaling operations is little more than an attempt to validate a commercial whaling industry, say the Australian Greens.

"The IWC seems to be more about the politics of appeasement rather than the protection of whales," said Australia n Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Japanese whaling in breach of Antarctic laws

The Australian Greens today called on the Government to immediately initiate legal action against Japanese whalers, following the release of a report showing new diplomatic and legal options.

"Here is another report that shows there are further grounds for international legal action. How much longer does the Government need before it will act?" said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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More action on whaling needed

The Australian Greens today called on the Minister for the Environment Peter Garrett to explain why Japanese whalers were in Australian Antarctic waters and whether any whales were taken in Australian waters.

"Japanese whalers were found in Australian waters by the Sea Shepherd group, and were unable to kill any whales while they were being pursued ... but how many whales were taken before they were found?" asked Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on whaling.

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Senate urges immediate action on whaling

The Government has a responsibility to act with urgency to stop Japanese whaling operations, said the Australian Greens today.

"Yesterday, the Senate passed my motion calling on the Government to set a timetable for the commencement of international legal action and also to send a vessel down to monitor the Japanese whaling activity," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

"Australians do not want another summer to go by with hundreds of whales slaughtered under the guise of Japanese ‘scientific research."

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Lack of Government action on whaling

The Australian Greens today expressed deep concerns for the upcoming whaling season, after comments from Minister Garrett revealed that the Government has no plans to send a vessel into the Southern ocean this summer.

"I am deeply disappointed and amazed that the Government is not sending a boat down to monitor the Japanese whaling activity this season," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"With reports that the Japanese fleet have already left port, it is only a matter of time before they start whaling."

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