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Senate backs move to close Australian ports to Japanese fishing fleet.

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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Senate backs move to close Australian ports to Japanese fishing fleet

22nd Jun 2005

Government should send surveillance boat

The Senate has backed Greens Senator Bob Brown’s proposal aimed at closing Australian ports to certain Japanese fishing vessels if Japan continues with its whaling plans. “Despite yesterday’s great win by anti-whaling forces, Japan is set to continue to increase it whaling program,” Senator Brown said. “Japan can simply ‘inform’ the International Whaling Commission of its

scientific whaling program - no vote is needed. “The Australian Government is going to have to take real action to match its anti-whaling rhetoric. Closing our ports to Japanese fishing vessels was used successfully during the southern blue fin tuna dispute. “The Australian Government currently gives fishing licences to Japanese companies that are also involved in the whaling industry. This must stop,” Senator Brown said. This morning Senator Brown called for the Australian Government to send a surveillance boat to monitor Japan’s whaling activities in the Antarctic. The motion passed by the Senate yesterday read: That the Senate— (a)

calls on the Japanese Government to immediately desist from its brutal whaling program; and (b)

calls on the Australian Government to warn Japan that it will close Australian ports to Japanese whaling boats and other vessels owned by the companies engaged in whaling (such as occurred over the

southern blue fin tuna dispute) if Japan continues its whaling program. Further information: Ben Oquist 02 62773170