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Government must act to stop whale slaughter

The Federal Government must tell the Japanese whaling fleet to immediately leave our waters, the Australian Greens said this morning.

"Australians will be outraged at news that a whale has been taken in Australian waters," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson.

"Minister Burke must order these ships out of our waters and send a vessel to ensure this happens and monitor the rest of the whaling season.

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Further scrutiny will show the danger of Kangaroo Island drilling plans: Greens


The Australian Greens say closer review of Bight Petroleum’s plans to explore for oil off Kangaroo Island will make it clear the action poses an unacceptable risk to the environment and the Island’s future.

Environment Minister Tony Burke has declared seismic testing off the coast of Kangaroo Island a controlled action, meaning that the project will require appropriate assessment and approval from the Commonwealth Government. 

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Burke must protect Kangaroo Island blue whale feeding grounds

Australian Greens Marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert says allowing oil and gas exploration off the coast of South Australia's Kangaroo Island would contradict other Government environmental programs and put endangered animals at risk.

Environment Minister Tony Burke is expected to announce his decision on a proposal to commence seismic testing at the Kangaroo Island Canyon and Pools this week. Bight Petroleum intends to undertake seismic tests in the coming months and start drilling in 2014.

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Greens welcome South Korean decision to abandon whaling plans

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on whaling has welcomed the release of a circular by the International Whaling Commission confirming that South Korea will not undertake scientific whaling, but says whales are under imminent threat from Japanese whalers and that the time has come for more meaningful action from the Federal Government.

"It is good to see that South Korea have realised that there is absolutely no need for scientific whaling," Senator Siewert said today.

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Government needs to act ahead of Japanese whaling season

The Australian Greens say the Government needs to develop a plan for the upcoming whaling season and seek a commitment from Japan that the whaling fleet will be kept out of our territorial waters.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Whaling, Marine and Fisheries said today the Federal Government should instigate a plan which uses monitoring vessels and aerial surveillance of the Japanese fleet during the summer hunt.

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Greens respond to super trawler announcement

The Australian Greens have this afternoon commented on Minister Burke's decision to extend the ban on the super trawler Abel Tasman for two years.

"This is a welcome announcement, particularly in the wake of last week's formalisation of the marine bioregional planning process. This Government, and indeed future Governments, need to ensure sustainable management of our oceans and the protection of the fish stocks that support communities around our coastline," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine and fisheries spokesperson said today.

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Greens call on Government to continue to support marine parks for Antarctica

The Australian Greens today expressed disappointment at the failure of the CCAMLR talks to establish the largest marine reserve on the planet and urged the Australian Government  to continue their efforts in the talks in Germany next year.

"Just this week in a briefing to Parliamentarians CSIRO acknowledged the limited understanding of the biodiversity of marine ecosystems and that is on top of the threats proposed by climate change and more acidic oceans on the food chain" said Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne.

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