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Labor and Libs put Big Oil before communities

Operation Jeedara Update
Jeff Hansen, Managing Director Sea Shepherd Australia

Wilderness Society’s indépendant commissioned spill modelling, that showed BP’s spilling modelling in the Bight to be very conservative.A long-running Senate inquiry into the plans of companies like BP, Chevron, Santos and Karoon to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight tabled its 172 page report in parliament last Thursday.

Sea Shepherd was a key witness as part of the enquiry and with the oil and gas industry reps in the room, I found both the Labor and Liberal senators to be very aggressive towards me and Sea Shepherd as I presented, in what can only be understood as showing a clear support for the oil and gas industry in putting one of the last big marine ecosystems on the planet, the Great Australian Bight at risk.

So with the report now out, where do the parties line up?

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UK Band, Architects, finish Australian tour after huge show of support for Sea Shepherd

Leadsinger of Architects Sam Carter representing Sea Shepherd at gig in Melbourne. Photo: Ed Mason Brighton based metalcore band, Architects, have just completed their Australian tour with sold out shows across the country. Touring for the first time with their album 'All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us' they had fans singing and screaming to their songs in the packed venues.

As part of the tour, Architects had Sea Shepherd stalls at gigs as well as touring the MV Steve Irwin and the MV Ocean Warrior. Crew and on shore team were able to catch up with the guys and brief them on the latest campaigns. Support from acts like Architects mean alot to the organisation. The merchandise stalls at shows help fund global campaigns as well as provide important outreach. The camaraderie, developed over many years, was on display as they were welcomed on board as part of the crew. That sort of personal backing for people in the front line defence of our oceans helps boost the spirits of all of us at Sea Shepherd. 

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