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Senate backs Greens motion as whaling case commences in ICJ

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion recognising the start of legal action in the International Court of Justice against Japanese whaling and urging the Government to ensure any resources needed to enforce a positive ruling are provided.

"The start of this case is an important day for the decades-old fight against whaling," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"The Senate recognised this, supporting the Greens motion and noting that this case will be keenly followed by all those Australians who oppose the continuation of whaling.

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Japanese Minister debunks whaling ‘research’ myth

The Australian Greens said today that the Japanese Fisheries Minister, Yoshimasa Hayash’s comments on his country’s whaling program have ended any pretence it based on scientific research.

“The Minister’s comments provide an insight into the reality of Japanese whaling, with no mention of science, only the rhetoric of a Government intent on saving face on the international stage as they continue to hunt whales for commercial use,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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Fuel spill in Antarctic waters hastens need for Government intervention

The Australian Greens say the Government must immediately act on further proof that heavy fuel oil has been brought into Australia's EEZ and investigate reports of a leakage from the Korean flagged ship Sun Laurel into pristine Antarctic waters.

"The Sun Laurel is currently in the Australian Antarctic EEZ refuelling whaling ships from the Japanese fleet, blatantly breaching international rules and Australia's clear position that they should leave our waters," Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson on marine issues said today.

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Government must act immediately to end whaling incursions

The Federal Government must act immediately and order the Korean flagged vessel Sun Laurel out of Australian waters, the Australian Greens said this morning.

"This vessel is reported to be refueling the Japanese whaling fleet in Australian waters. This is an illegal operation, it contravenes the MARPOL Convention. The Government must act decisively to stop the operations of these vessels in our waters," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

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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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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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Greens welcome doubts over summer whale hunt

The Australian Greens have welcomed reports that the Japanese whale hunt in the Southern Ocean may not go ahead this summer.

"This is great news for the whales of in the Southern Ocean. I am encouraged by reports suggesting the upcoming hunt may be put off due to the age and disrepair of the Nisshin Maru factory ship,” Australian Greens whaling and marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“This could be the beginning of the end of Japanese whaling, as changing domestic attitudes and financial pressures take their toll.

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