Send frigate to watch whalers - Greens
10 January 2005
Send frigate to watch
whalers - Greens
The Green Party is urging
the Government to send a frigate to Antarctic waters in
response to news that Japan plans to send armed police or
troops to guard its whaling fleet.
"We also join the
Australian Greens in their call to for our respective
Governments to not allow the use of ports or airports by
whalers, their support facilities or any military personnel
on their way to support the slaughter," Co-Leader Jeanette
"New Zealand has taken a strong position
against the resumption of commercial whaling, but now it is
time to put our money where our mouth is and stand up and be
counted the way we did when we sent the frigate to Mururoa
Atoll in 1973. New Zealand had the courage to take action
then and it should do the same now."
The frigate would be
in a position to keep an eye on what is going on down there
for the safety of our citizens on the protest ships, she
"Japan is flouting international agreements and
public opinion by escalating its slaughter of whales,
especially when everyone knows their claims of scientific
research are just an excuse to get fresh whale meat onto
Japanese dinner plates.
"The waters south of New
Zealand and Australia down to the Antarctic are a whale
sanctuary, yet the Japanese whalers ignore this and continue
with their barbaric
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