Greens demand action against Japan whaling:
"The Greens are demanding the federal government use submarine contracts to pressure Japan out of sending whaling ships to the Southern Ocean.
The Japanese government says it will dispatch a "research" whaling mission to the Southern Ocean on Tuesday.
The announcement came as Attorney-General George Brandis told parliament Australia was making diplomatic representations at "the highest levels" in a bid to get Japan to change its mind.
He told the Senate on Monday the government would consider sending a Customs patrol vessel to the Southern Ocean if talks weren't successful.
Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson says Japan are "thumbing their nose" at the Australian people."
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