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."
The Australian Greens are calling on the Federal Government to make photographic and video evidence collected during the Oceanic Viking operation available to HSI.
"If the government now has the evidence needed to mount a legal case against Japanese whaling, then there is a moral imperative for them to release it to support the current court case being fought on our behalf by HSI," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
The Australian Greens said today the Federal Government efforts on whaling fall short and are likely to fail.
"The measures announced today are really only an updated version of what the former Government was doing. They are not acting strongly enough to stop the Japanese whale slaughter" said Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson for the Greens.
The Howard government could have prevented Japan's whaling fleet from embarking on yet another whale killing spree with more determination action to back up its failed diplomacy, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
The Japanese whaling fleet set out for Antarctica with plans to kill another 1,000 whales, including 50 humpback and 50 fin whales.
The later the election goes, the closer we get to the start of the Japanese whaling season ... and the more the Coalition Government's failure to stop even one whale from being slaughtered will be brought into focus.
"Not only is the Coalition Government not prepared to take real action to prevent Japan hunting this season, they are opposing the Humane Society International's (HSI) attempt to secure a Federal Court injunction to stop the hunt" said Senator Rachel Siewert, the Greens spokesperson on the marine environment today.
"Japan's statement that it intends to start slaughtering humpback whales in our southern ocean is a direct threat to a burgeoning Australian tourism industry," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
"This is a call to action to the Australian Government. The Government hasn't been prepared to take legal action to stop the whale slaughter on environmental or humanitarian grounds and the Japanese have continued to up the ante."
"Now that this escalation is threatening our growing eco-tourism industry, will Malcolm Turnbull finally be prepared to act?"