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Japan’s exit from ICJ over whaling a slap in the face to Australia

The Greens Spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should immediately call in the Japanese Ambassador for an explanation in regards to Japan turning their back on the remit of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over whaling.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This is a crucial test for the Prime Minister. All Australians, right across the political spectrum feel very strongly about this issue.

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13 statements from Greg Hunt, while in Opposition, about stopping Japanese Whaling

1.            ‘The slaughter of the great whales of the Southern Ocean is set to continue. Mr Garrett failed to deliver on any of the promises he made about Japan’s sham whale research program. He led Australians to believe that he could bring about an end to whaling. But instead he rolled over and allowed Japan to press ahead with yet another season of whaling.’ (28 June 2008)

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Salmon Senate Inquiry part of ongoing scrutiny, not the end

The Greens Senator for Tasmania, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said, “Today’s release of the Senate report into salmon farming in Tasmania is part of ongoing scrutiny by the Greens and other stakeholders. This scrutiny will continue until the Tasmanian Government properly regulates the salmon industry, the environmental monitoring is transparent and the science, especially in relation to Macquarie Harbour, is better understood.

Genesis of Inquiry

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Labor and Coalition team up to block fish labelling bill: A blow for consumers, industry, and environment

Today the Labor, National and Liberal Parties teamed up in the Senate to vote down a simple country of origin seafood labelling bill that was co-sponsored by the Greens and cross-benchers.

This Bill was proposed following a long campaign by an unusual alliance of commercial fishing industry and environmental groups and was featured in the popular SBS TV Series “What’s the Catch?”

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Hunt’s announcement of review into Marine Debris is welcome but months overdue

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomes the belated announcement by the Environment Minister that a review of the Marine Debris Threat Abatement Plan has been completed.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Last October, in Senate Estimates, I asked if the review into the Threat Abatement Plan into Marine Debris was underway. The department official replied that the review was underway and would be completed by the end of that calendar year.

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Another Geelong Star dolphin death. Time to end this deadly farce.

Greens spokesperson on Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling for the Geelong Star’s vessel management plan to be withdrawn given AFMA’s notification of yet another dolphin death last week.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Last Friday AFMA placed on their website a notification that they had closed a zone of the small-pelagic fisheries because of a further dolphin death.

“Three times AFMA has signed off on the Geelong Star’s fishing techniques, and three times dolphins have died.

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Fish deaths leave more questions about Macquarie Harbour oxygen levels unanswered

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the salmon deaths in Macquarie Harbour.

“Last week I heard evidence from locals that a storm had caused the upwelling of dead and deoxygenated water below fish pens in Macquarie Harbour leading to millions of dollars of fish deaths.

“Now we have had it confirmed that some 270 tonnes of salmon have been killed.

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