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#1 Old 10-23-2009, 07:29 PM
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Any of you guys follow sea shep blogs? since Labour was elected, the Australian federal government has been using both the AFP and Department of Immigration to try and thwart the efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as they strive to prevent the Japanese slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean. Earlier this year the AFP raided the SS flagship Steve Irwin when it was docked in Hobart, and this month the government delayed the issue of visas to some SS crew, including founding member and hero to the environmental movement, Paul Watson.



Why is Australia accommodating the Japanese when their public stance is one of opposition to whaling? The answer is money. Japanese investment in Australia is a big part of our economy. So the answer is, stop buying anything owned by Japanese corporations, and tell them you won't buy their **** until the Japanese government outlaws whaling. Simple as that.



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brisbane times on the visa delay 9/10/09



the age: Watson's visa finally granted 20/10/09 (after public disapproval)



news.com.au: AFP raid: Bob Brown says wtf!? 22/2/09



Sea Shep home page



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#2 Old 10-24-2009, 04:16 PM
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Rudd is a damn sellout who has betrayed not only the whales but also the people who elected him. A typical "pragmatic" politician whose actions are calculated moves for political and monetary gain. Another clear example is Garrett who has now officially joined the "dark side".
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^^^ im not at all happy about the whaling situation but i dont see how its a betrayal by rudd of the people who elected him. most aussies wouldnt have elected him for that issue alone if at all. rudds accomplished quite a bit since he got elected and has a 74% approval rating. thats only 1% behind hawke, the most popular p.m. of all time. he must be doing something right.

also, i reckon you could be being a bit politically naive to think that peter garrett is not going to have to cop out a bit as a polly. he couldnt be the same dude that was in a band all those years ago cuz it wouldnt work. they all have to cop out to an extent to get elected.
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#4 Old 10-25-2009, 11:28 AM
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also, i reckon you could be being a bit politically naive to think that peter garrett is not going to have to cop out a bit as a polly. he couldnt be the same dude that was in a band all those years ago cuz it wouldnt work. they all have to cop out to an extent to get elected.



...which is exactly why he is a sellout.
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its superflous to point that out cuz i just gave you the reason why i think hes sold out. i wasnt denying it.
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Why is Australia accommodating the Japanese when their public stance is one of opposition to whaling? The answer is money. Japanese investment in Australia is a big part of our economy.





Which is exactly why the govt doesn't start laying their boots into the Japanese about it to demand it stop right now. It has to be done diplomatically over time. There's a ****load at stake to try and save whales.

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