CONVERT WHALE FACTORY SHIP - BROWN.

The humane world breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when Japan was trounced in the International Whaling Commission vote on its motion for open-slather whaling, Australian environmentalist Bob Brown said today.

“Japan, with a team including 9 politicians, and with its representative chairing the meeting, was whalloped 41-27 in its effort to drop the 32 years old moratorium on commercial whaling. The success of a Brazilian motion, for the IWC to become a whale conservation organisation, removed any lingering hopes of Japan ever having its whaling fleet endorsed.

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New Tarkine forest occupation established to prevent logging

Bob Brown Foundation has today announced a new peaceful forest vigil has been established to occupy ancient forests in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine.  These forests are threatened by a new logging road this Spring / Summer. 

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Australian whale-savers take on Japan as Brazil host IWC talks.

 

 

There was a colourful protest against illegal commercial whaling at Japan’s embassy in Canberra today. Holding banners, including GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN: BLOODY WHALE CRIMINAL, the protest was joined by two Senators from the Australian Greens party and Australian rock musician Adalita Srsen.

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Global Day of Action for Climate - Hobart Event

Joining the Global Day of Action for Climate in Hobart this morning, market-goers were shown where the sea may be.

Sea levels have risen 20 centimetres around the world since 1900, due to global warming due to burning coal, oil and gas and the destruction of forests.

This sea levels rise presents a massive battering ram against coastlines whenever there is a storm. For years now, scientific assessments have shown the extensive erosion of Tasmania’s coastlines as a result.

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Muddled Morrison's whale plan 'an insult' - Brown

“PM Morrison has told his new Environment Minister she will not be representing Australia at the crucial International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil next week. Instead, he is sending lowly Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific. So Australia is sending a non-cabinet assistant minister, who has nothing to do with protecting the environment, to a vital meeting in which Japan, which has the chair, hopes to upend the global moratorium on commercial whaling. This is an insult to every Australian voter concerned about the protection of our whales,” Brown said.

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Media Release: Test for Morrison Government: Put Burrup on World Heritage Tentative List Now – Christine Milne

“The announcement that the WA Government and the Ngarluma, Yinjibarndi, Yaburara, Mardudhunera, Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo people and the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation have signed an intention to proceed with developing a proposal for World Heritage Listing of the Aboriginal petroglyphs of the Dampier Archipelago is good news but must be followed by immediate Federal Government leadership.” Christine Milne of the Bob Brown Foundation, said today.

"The Commonwealth should take immediate leadership on the issue as only the Commonwealth can propose a site for World Heritage. I call on Minister Price to support World Heritage Listing for the Burrup and immediately put the Burrup on Australia’s Tentative World Heritage List.”

“The Western Australian Government should now defer to the Commonwealth to lead the process in consultation with the Aboriginal people or be seen to be engaged in 18 months of delaying tactics.”

“At the same time, Environment Minister Price, local member for Durack, should require all new industrial developments to be located at the Maitland Industrial Estate and order a full assessment of the total pollution load in the Burrup Peninsula airshed with a view to radically reducing it.”

 

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MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT A POWERLESS NONENTITY

The Bob Brown Foundation says that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has sent a torpedo into popular hopes that he would appoint a strong, understanding minister for the environment.

“Melissa Price has a notable record of blather and greenwash on all of the tough environmental issues Australians have a right to expect their environment minister would take up and advocate,” Bob Brown said tonight.

“Minister Price will be hopeless, useless and powerless in her environmental responsibilities. That is in her record and that is why, as a government nonentity, she has been appointed to the most powerful environmental post in the nation. Her job, in fact, will be to undermine community advocates for the environment and it is useless sitting back and hoping otherwise. The Morrison government is set to tear Australia’s environmental responsibilities to pieces.

“What Scott Morrison does not get is that Australians are seriously alarmed by the onrush of global warming, the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, the loss of forests and woodlands, and the accelerating loss of Australian species and

ecological communities. This ministerial appointment will be a vote loser and may be a factor that loses the next election for the conservatives,” Brown said.

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Media Release: Refining the definition of wilderness

 

‘A new book published by Bob Brown Foundation is a timely reminder that Tasmania is a world leader in wilderness philosophy if not action,’ Environmentalist Bob Brown said on the eve of the book’s launch.

A group of Tasmanian researchers has recommended that Australian and international governments and conservation agencies adopt a new definition of wilderness.

 

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Loggers demand public purse fund their 'market failure'

“The Hodgman Government should raid neither the public purse nor the public coastline to facilitate woodchips exports,” Bob Brown said today.

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No Dover Woodchip Dump a Victory

“The failure of the Dover woodchip dump is a victory for a community of 600 dedicated to preserving its lifestyle and job-rich hospitality industry”, Bob Brown said tonight. 

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