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Bob Brown – engaging in piracy?

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It has been reported that Senator Bob Brown wants the Australian taxpayer to provide $1.5 million to replace the anti-whaling ship Ady Gil which was recently sunk in a collision with a Japanese whaling ship.

This would be an outrageous waste of taxpayers’ resources – Australia bears no responsibility for the collision of two ships in territorial waters, unless it was an Australian Navy ship involved in a collision and due to the fault of the Navy.

The Sea Shepherd group is at worst a terrorist organisation, a best a bunch of pirates. It would be inappropriate for Australia to bail out such an organisation which would signal Australia’s acceptance of this irresponsible behaviour by Paul Watson and his group and further damage our relationship with Japan.

Bob Brown stands condemned.


Written by Samuel J

January 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. You’re kidding? The miscreant wants Australian taxpayers to bail out the batboat? Hilarious.


    January 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm

  2. unsubscribing.


    January 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm

  3. He had Christine Milne do an economic impact study (like she always does when talking about “new technologies” ready to burst out of the box if only we financed them and not them them go offshore) and the cost of the replacing the boat would add 35,000 new jobs and create an entirely new bat-boat industry that the Japanese will continue destroy and we will continue replacing. It’s a wealth creation thing that bob is talking about here so lets not lose sight of the Bob Brown big picture.

    I’m with Bob and Christine with this one.


    January 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

  4. Actually JC – while you’re being sarcastic – Tasmania does have a firm that builds fast catts (or least did have one).

    Sinclair Davidson

    January 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

  5. Don’t jc, not even in jest. That’s too close to what is likely to be said or, perhaps, to happen.

    Ken Nielsen

    January 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm

  6. God JC are you a politician?


    January 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm

  7. actually whilst the Sea Shepherd group can be called a number of things terrorist and pirate is simply absurd unless you change the meanings of the words

    Butterfield, Bloomfield & Bishop

    January 7, 2010 at 2:23 pm

  8. I’m just wondering if SamuelJ is being a bit harsh on Bob Brown? Afterall, Brown is holding the government to their promise to send the military to the Antartic and as JC has pointed out trying to get some boat-building work for his home state.

    Federal Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has defended Labor’s plan to intercept Japanese whaling vessels after the Government said the idea was doomed to fail.

    Under Labor’s plan, unveiled yesterday, Australian Navy ships would be sent to intercept and board whaling vessels in the Southern Ocean.

    Labor would also make formal representations to Japan about its whaling program and take the country to international courts such as the International Court of Justice or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

    As I understand it, Australia claims some of the southern ocean and nobody else recognises that claim. At the same time the Federal Court has ruled that whaling is illegal in Australian waters. The government has a duty to enforce the law and, if it claims the teritory, should send the police/military to enforce the law (or just drop the claim). Similarly, I don;t understand why the Japanese whalers don’t then get an injunction against the SS crowd while they are in ‘Australian waters’, similarly why the SS crowd don’t get an injunction against the Japanese whalers while they are in Australian waters.

    Sinclair Davidson

    January 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

  9. The Greens are certainly not shy when it comes to using military force, despite their party policy.


    “Working with others regionally and globally, people in Australia need to take a lead in fostering non-military resolution of disputes between and within all nations, including our own, to ensure lasting peace.”

    I seem to recall Bob Brown as a member of Tasmania’s Parliament calling for military action to protect Iraqis back in 1991.

    Then with East Timor in 1999, the Greens again called for military action.

    Now Bob Brown wants the Navy to get stuck into the Japs. I hope someone reminds him their Navy is much bigger than ours!


    January 7, 2010 at 3:31 pm

  10. Sea Shepherds will keep doing this until one of their stooges gets killed, then they will scream bloody murder.

    They are a bunch of complete idiots, and the boat was quite clearly positioned in the hope that it would get rammed, exactly like the similar incident a couple of years ago.


    January 7, 2010 at 8:06 pm

  11. It is clear Brown doesn’t work for a living, otherwise he might know the value of $1.5 million…. plenty more where that came from eh, Bob ? That good old schmuck the taxpayer. Can we expect a military solution from Bob, if we stop paying our taxes ? Nice to know how peaceable and non-violent the Marxists, uh I mean Greens are. Repressive Tolerance anyone ?


    January 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm

  12. actually yobbo it wasn’t that is why the Jap boat had to CHANGE direction.

    If it had kept on in its original direction it would not have hit anything but waves

    Butterfield, Bloomfield & Bishop

    January 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm

  13. News Flash Homer – if the batboat wasn’t deliberately trying to get in their way, there’s no way the Japanese boat could ever hit it.

    The batboat is both much faster and more manoeverable than the Japanese ship, they are putting themselves in harm’s way on purpose in the hope that something like this would happen.

    And this isn’t the first time they have done it. They rammed a Japanese boat last year and tried to blame it on the Japanese that time too.


    January 9, 2010 at 3:24 am

  14. Now Paul Watson is trying to charge the Japanese with piracy in the Dutch courts! Talk about the pots calling the kettle black

    Samuel J

    January 10, 2010 at 8:03 am

  15. Yes, I think you’re right about a bit of pork barreling in Tassie.

    Samuel J

    January 10, 2010 at 8:04 am

  16. Yes, I think you’re right about a bit of pork barreling in Tassie.

    Samuel J

    January 10, 2010 at 8:04 am

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