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Geelong Star dolphin deaths condemned by Senate

Today the Senate passed a resolution put forward by Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson calling on the Federal Government to better protect marine mammals in light of the eight dolphin deaths that resulted from the operations of the super trawler Geelong Star.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “I am pleased that the Senate voted to recognise that the Geelong Star dolphin deaths were unacceptable.

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Greg Hunt must say whether he agrees AFMA's latest Geelong Star measures will protect dolphins

The Greens Senator for Fisheries, Senator Whish-Wilson, is calling on Environment Minister Greg Hunt to say whether he agrees that the latest change to the Geelong Star’s management plan will prevent dolphin deaths.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “AFMA has now written three Vessel Management Plans for the Geelong Star and each time they have said the plan would be sufficient to protect dolphins.

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Mainland Federal Liberal MP calls for Geelong Star to be banned – Where are the Tasmanian Liberals?

It has been reported today in the Geelong Advertiser that the Liberal MP for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson has written to the Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries, Senator Richard Colbeck calling on him to ban the factory-freezer vessel Geelong Star.

The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has welcomed this move and said, “I hope this is the beginning of an outbreak of common sense within the Liberal Party about the Geelong Star.

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Geelong Star dolphin deaths show regulator has failed

The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on reports that the recently arrived super trawler, the Geelong Star, has already caused the deaths of four dolphins and two seals.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Liberal Government and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) gave the Geelong Star a green light to fish a fortnight ago and already it has drowned four dolphins.

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Federal Liberal Government has no credibility on super trawlers

The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson attended today’s community rally against the Super Trawler in Hobart and provides the following comment about the ongoing debate.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “Senator Richard Colbeck has done everything possible to avoid scrutiny in his handling over super trawlers fishing in Australian waters.

“His two major announcements in relation to super trawlers have been ‘dump and runs’ late on Christmas Eve and the day before Good Friday, in a clear attempt to limit debate and avoid scrutiny.

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Time for Australian Government to take anti-whaling stance straight to Japanese Government (Including 13 statements from Greg Hunt, while in Opposition, about stopping Japanese Whaling)

With news overnight that Japan’s new plan for killing 4000 whales in the Southern Ocean has been rejected by an Expert Panel of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the Greens spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on the Australian Government to publicly rebuke Japan for rejecting the IWC advice and pushing ahead with its whaling plans.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Japan first thumbed their nose at the International Court of Justice verdict and now they are thumbing their nose at the IWC Expert Panel.

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Salmon farm Senate Inquiry to illuminate muddy waters

The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has welcomed the Senate voting to establish an Inquiry into the sustainability of Tasmania’s salmon farms.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This Inquiry will help shine some light on some of the murky information that has recently surfaced regarding the sustainability of salmon farms in Tasmania.

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