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Marine safety report into Ady Gil sinking a political cop out: Brown

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has criticized an Australian Marine Safety Authority report into the sinking of anti-whaling activist vessel Ady Gil.

The report makes no clear recommendation to legally pursue the captain of the Japanese whaler Shonan Maru 2 despite the Australian Government’s ability to do so.

“Australia which had the last port of call for the Ady Gil has unfettered ability to pursue the captain of the Japanese whaler Shonan maru 2 which ran down the Ady Gil and nearly killed the 6 crew aboard,” said Senator Brown.

“The report is a political cop out.

“Tokyo will love it.

Senator Brown called on the Federal Attorney General Robert McLelland to take action to prosecute the captain and crew of Shonan Maru 2.

The report is available here:
http://www.amsa.gov.au/shipping_safety/incident_reporting/documents/amsa-report-on-ady-gil-collision.pdf

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. phill Parsons

    May 9, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Remember that the Japanese Whalers were, if they did not give up, going to be taken to the International Court.

    The Rudd government now has a litany of broken promises to somehow convince the electorate to forget and forgive and give them another 3 years.

    This will be a most interesting exercise seeing we are told their is no room for more largesse.

    Clawing back support from the disssaffected will not be easy.

  2. Jon Sumby

    May 9, 2010 at 2:21 am

    ‘Japanese authorities are refusing to cooperate with a Maritime New Zealand investigation into a collision between whaling boats and anti-whaling protesters, according to a government source.

    It comes as an Australian report was found to be inconclusive , after also being hampered by Japanese non-compliance.

    Japan’s government declined to participate in the Australian investigation, saying any information it had might be needed for an inquiry by its own authorities.’ From: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/japan-refusing-help-nz-investigation-3533729

  3. Simon Patrick

    May 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Spot on Don, absolutely spot on

  4. Steve

    May 8, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    2; Have to agree with you. Look at the pages of stuff covering who’s area of responsibility it was compared with the brief discussion of the collision.
    You have a collision between two vessels. Information is requested from both parties. One side presents full information, and supporting videos. The other side refuse. You then produce a report saying you can’t reach a conclusion as you only have one side of the story?!
    Remember that, next time you’re involved in a traffic accident! Reports are written all the time with only one side of the story. The obvious example in a marine collision being where there’s survivors from one vessel only.

  5. Scott

    May 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    My interpretation of the report is that its authors were primarily concerned with covering their own backsides from any possible political fall-out.

  6. Russell

    May 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Of course, what else would we expect from this do-nothing gutless KRudd Labor Government?

    Corruption is a major part of the Labor ethic.

    Don’t want to upset the fucking Japanese, do we?

    Bend over, Kevin. I’ve got something for you at the next election.

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