Fisheries, Marine (TAS) & Whaling
16 Feb 2013
25 Jan 2012
With reports that Japanese harpoon ship Yushin Maru No 3 is tailing anti whaling ship Bob Barker as it heads for Australia's whale sanctuary around World Heritage listed Macquarie Island, the Australian Greens are calling for the Prime Minister to immediately despatch a monitoring vessel and tell Tokyo this Japanese ship is not welcome in Australian waters.
"Following high level complaints to Tokyo about the last incursion earlier this month and the eventual departure of the Japanese harpoon vessel, the Prime Minister must despatch a patrol vessel immediately to monitor the area whilst making it clear to the Japanese Government that Australia's whale sanctuary means something and cannot be invaded at their whim," Acting Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne said today.
30 Dec 2011
With the Steve Irwin now escorting the damaged Brigitte Bardot back to port, leaving the Bob Barker the only vessel still attempting to stop the whaling fleet, the Gillard Government must urgently send an observer to the area, the Australian Greens said today.
"If Tony Burke is concerned about safety in the Southern Ocean, as well as protecting whales in the sanctuary, he should immediately send an observer ship to the area," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.
"With the whaling fleet boosted by $28 million worth of extra resources to reduce its debt and increase security, the Southern Ocean could see the worst whale kill in many years as well as great risk to those trying to stop it.
"It is now more urgent than ever that the government sends an observer."
28 Dec 2011
With heightened risks of violence in the Southern Ocean, the Government must immediately send a ship to observe the whaling fleet, the Australian Greens said today.
"With a drone reporting that people in paramilitary uniforms have been seen on the decks of Japanese whaling ships, Australlia needs a strong presence in the Southern Ocean to help head off violent clashes," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said today.
"Legal action is not enough in these circumstances. We need a presence in the area.
"It is fascinating to watch both Labor and the Liberals call for strong action on whaling while in Opposition, but turn weak once they are in government.
"The Greens have been calling for action to prevent whaling in the Southern Ocean for many years. When is the Australian government finally going to step up?"
10 Mar 2009
I rise to particularly take note of an answer given by the Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Wong. I want to point out to the Senate that we are reaching the global tipping point from which there will be no return. This is a matter that shows how serious the climate crisis has become. There are other senators in this chamber who joined me only a week ago in Tasmania at the CRC for Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems. We heard from the scientists there with regard to acidification of the ocean. Their study is published today in the journal Nature Geoscience. They pointed out to us last week that microscopic creatures in the Southern Ocean have shells that are already 30 to 35 per cent thinner than they were in preindustrial times. They know that from the shell samples that were taken when they were first discovered a couple of hundred years ago.