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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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Govt should release whale evidence

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.

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Government action not matching rhetoric on whaling

The Australian Government are not doing enough to stop whales from being slaughtered the Australian Greens said today.


"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 Oceanic Viking still hasn't left port in Fremantle and the spotting plane that is supposed to document the whale slaughter has not even been registered for use yet."

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Government Not Strong Enough on Whales

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.

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Government must stop the whale slaughter

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.

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Humpback kill a threat to Aussie tourism

"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?"

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