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James Price Point – too precious to lose to short term gas profits

 Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne and Greens spokesperson for the Kimberley, Senator Rachel Siewert, visited James Price Point yesterday. Today they will be aboard the Sea Shepherd's flagship vessel, the Steve Irwin, to see the whale nursery under threat from the Woodside gas hub development.

"This amazing place is a clear example of how fixation on short term gas profits can do huge damage to people and communities' interests into the future," Senator Christine Milne said.

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Gillard Govt must send observers to whaling fleet urgently

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.

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Government must send ship to observe whaling

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.

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Burke Must Release Gunns Pulp Mill Data

Minister Burke is denying the Tasmanian public natural justice by refusing to release critical data about the pollution of Bass Strait before making his decision on the adequacy of Gunns hydrodynamic modelling and management plan, the Australian Greens said today.

"It is not good enough to say that it is up to Gunns to release the information. The community deserves the right to evaluate the accuracy of Gunns claims before the Minister makes his decision," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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Welcome aboard Wong: climate change hits Tas rock lobster industry

Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne has welcomed Minister Wong's recognition of the effects of global warming on Tasmania's rock lobster industry.

"Three years ago I released a report on the Climate Impacts being felt in Tasmania and the change to the currents and consequences for fisheries was evident then. Kelp forests were clearly under attack from the invasive sea urchin transported to Tasmanian waters by the ever expanding Eastern Australian current, but where were the Lennon government or the Howard and Rudd governments in the intervening years?

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Take note of Minister Wong's answers on Climate Change

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.

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