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Burke obsequious on whaling: Brown


Environment Minister Tony Burke will share the Gillard government’s responsibility if the Japanese whaling fleet’s invasion of the Antarctic whale sanctuary ends in violence, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.


“It’s fatuous that a minister could talk about the Australian government’s determination to leave Japan in control of our Antarctic waters as a manoeuvre dedicated to preventing ‘escalation’,” Senator Brown said in Toowoomba.


“It’s an exercise in obsequiousness to Tokyo because the Government wants Japan in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact.”


“Australians donated at least $27 million to the tsunami relief in Japan and will be horrified that $27 million has been taken out of relief funds to help finance the whale killing fleet now heading to Antarctica.”