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Take Note: Greenpeace Japanese Whaling Activists

I rise to take note of the answer of Senator Faulkner, representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, to my question about the Tokyo Two, the two Japanese activists that were arrested earlier this year for their antiwhaling activities. On 15 May, as Senator Faulkner pointed out, Greenpeace undercover investigators and the testimony of informers resulted in the exposure of the fact that large amounts of whale meat were being smuggled off the Nisshin Maru to the private homes of crew members of the whaling boats.

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Whaling season imminent, but no Government action

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for the Rudd Government to follow through on their stated opposition to whaling, with this year's season due to start in a matter of weeks.

"The Japanese whaling fleet is expected to launch within the next month, yet still the Government refuses to take any active steps to prevent this annual slaughter," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"If the Government does nothing, it could be left up to community organisations, most largely volunteer based, to actively monitor and intercept whaling operations this summer."

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Government needs less talk, more action on whaling

The Australian Greens today once again called on the Government to take legal action over whaling in Australian Antarctic waters.

"After talking up their response, the new Labor Government have done little more than the previous Howard government to tackle the whale slaughter," said Greens spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The Senate today passed my motion urging the Government to immediately commence legal action to stop the slaughter of our whale population. We look forward to an immediate commencement of real action by this Government."

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Greens demand halt to all whaling

The Australian Greens today condemned the Norwegian Government's announcement of an unchanged minke whale harvest of 1,052 for 2008.

"Despite the two-decade-old moratorium by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Norway continues to hunt whales for commercial purposes," said Greens spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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