"Don't Abandon Macquarie Island to the Whalers!"
Don't Abandon Macquarie Island - Greens' Call
Greens leader Senator Bob Brown has called on Environment Minister Ian Campbell to ensure the Australian Antarctic Division does not abandon its base on Macquarie Island.
"The island is part of Tasmania and, at the instigation of the Tasmanian Greens in 1989, has World Heritage status."
"Downgrading Australia's presence on Macquarie Island at a time of Japanese whaling, increased poaching of Patagonian toothfish stocks and soaring tourism pressures would be a huge policy mistake," Senator Brown said.