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Bunbury Mail, Wednesday, January 11, 2012
protest at sea
THE Prime Minister’s
office slammed the
actions of the three antiwhaling protestors,
labelling them as "unacceptable" and warning
others who carry out
similar protests will be
“charged and convicted”.
The Prime Minister
praised the Japanese
government but commented that the actions
of the protestors would
“ultimately be costly to
the Australian taxpayer”.
Mr Peterffy’s partner
dismissed the Prime
Nicola Roxon said she
was relieved that the three
Australian citizens would
return to the country.
"We are pleased that the
Japanese government has
made a decision that
these three men won't be
charged and will be
released," she told the
"But we can't be confident that that will happen
next time if people take
"Good diplomatic work
has delivered a good outcome."
Ms Roxon urged the
Japanese government to
return the men on Monday.
"We certainly are urging the Japanese government to use all their
authority to bring this to
a head quickly," she said.
"We believe it would be
in everyone's interests
for these men to be
released back into
Australian control and
we certainly will be
exploring those options.”
10 years of fighting
Reports by JEFFREY KITT
LONG before he was detained on
a Japanese whaling ship, local
man Simon Peterffy has been
protesting for environmental protection throughout the South West.
The 44-year-old father of two is
one of the driving forces behind
environmental group Forest Rescue
which has a long regional history
of public action.
Mr Peterffy first hit the headlines
in 1999 after he cuffed himself to
logging machinery during road
clearings in Northcliffe.
The dedicated environmentalist
turned his focus full-time to Forest
Rescue after he gave up a realty
career in 2008.
Mr Peterffy has since been heavily involved with both the College
Grove and Chester Block protests.
Mr Peterffy also has an army
background after he trained in
Duntroon for three years in his
The majority of Mr Peterffy’s current income is from donations to
the environmental group who
advise and assist others on non-violent direct action campaigning.
South West Environment Centre
spokesman John Sherwood has
worked closely with Mr Peterffy
over the years and said the headstrong protester would be coping
well under his current conditions.
“He’s a tough nut and I’m confident he will stick to his principles,”
Bunbury conservationist Simon Peterffy (middle) has dedicated
more than a decade to environmental protests. He is pictured
with his two comrades from his latest anti-whaling protest,
Geoffrey Tuxworth and Glen Pendlebury. Picture courtesy of Sea
“He’s got a good balance between
strong public action and willingness to compromise.
“The man has a lot of integrity.”
Mr Peterffy’s partner Panda Broad
said the protest was a success as it
garnered the nation’s attention.
“They were not there to harm and
if people aren’t aware [of whaling]
now, what else can be done?” she
Ms Broad said that the onboard
detention would not deter Mr
“You don’t stop working for the
earth, that’s his agenda in life,” she
“They risked everything and I am
proud of them all.”
Mr Peterffy and the two other protestors are expected to be picked up
by customs vessel Ocean Protector
in the coming days.
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People have the right to protest: Marino
FEDERAL Member for Forrest
Nola Marino said it was apt that
an incident which occurred off the
coast be decided in an Australian
“From an incident which happened just off the Bunbury coast it
was unacceptable their fate could
have been decided 8000 kilometres away in a Japanese court,”
Mrs Marino said.
“People have the right to protest
about issues which they are passionate about and many people
have strong views about Japanese
whalers in Australian waters.
Prime Minister three times in
December to warn a face-off
between protestors and the
Japanese whaling fleet was imminent.
“But people should expect their
rights as Australian citizens be
defended swiftly and fittingly by
“The Government’s inaction on
the whaling issue over several
years has led to this situation and
it could quite easily happen once
again,” Mrs Marino said.
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THE federal opposition is looking at supporting a
proposed Greens bill to send a customs vessel to
monitor whaling activities in Australian waters on a
Greens leader Bob Brown is seeking the Coalition's
support for the proposed bill.
Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt said
the opposition believed sending a customs vessel was
the right balance.
The opposition asked the government several times
last year to send a customs vessel to the Southern
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