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Greens urge new diplomatic effort to stop whaling

The Australian Greens today called on the Federal Government to vigorously pursue negotiations with the incoming Japanese Government over continued whaling operations in the Southern Ocean.

"Although diplomatic efforts undertaken by Minister Peter Garrett have thus far been rather unproductive, we now have a fresh opportunity with a new Japanese Government in place," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Sad story of Pipistrelle bat a lesson: Greens

The Australian Greens have urged the Federal Government to act earlier to protect the habitat of threatened species, following revelations that Christmas Island's Pipistrelle bat is doomed to extinction.

"I'm saddened but not surprised that it has come to this," Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert said. "This is a difficult species to capture and the idea of a captive breeding program was too little, too late.

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Northern Australia biodiversity in decline

The Federal Government is ignoring the plight of native mammals in northern Australia by failing to fund important work investigating the alarming declines of native mammals in the region, say the Australian Greens.

"Despite research showing a 70% decline in species numbers and an 82% decline in animal numbers in Northern Australia, there was no funding allocated for further research into this in the Caring for Our Country grants announced last week," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Christmas Island conservation welcome, but could be too late

Moves by the Environment Minister Peter Garrett to address the environmental crisis facing Christmas Island are a step in the right direction, but might be too little, too late, warned the Australian Greens today.

"Biodiversity on Christmas Island is in deep trouble, as highlighted by the biodiversity assessment report released during estimates in May ," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Australia wants action, not talk on whaling

The Australian Greens today said the Federal Government should commence legal action against Japanese whaling in an international court.

"The Greens welcome Foreign Minister Smith's recent comments that the option of undertaking legal action against Japanese whaling is still available, but this needs to be started now, and not down the track when Environment Minister's diplomatic relations fail," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Christmas Island situation critical

A report into biodiversity on Christmas Island outlines the perilous state of the unique ecosystem, say the Australian Greens.

"The Christmas Island Biodiversity Monitoring Program report, just released as a result of a question on notice from the Greens, makes for very sobering reading about the true state of things on the island," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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IWC & whaling

ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS REFERENCES COMMITTEE

Senator SIEWERT-I have got two more questions. It is extremely complicated reading the various reports out of the IWC meetings. One would think they are written to confuse. As I understand it, one of the three things agreed was to request the scientific committee to provide a draft of a work plan to assess Japan's coastal whaling. Is that correct?

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