Government in the dark on Japanese whaling
Media Release | Spokesperson Rachel Siewert
Tuesday 24th February 2009, 10:47pm
The Federal Government has no idea what whaling operations may have occurred in our own Antarctic waters, say the Australian Greens.
"Questioning in Senate Estimates tonight has revealed that the Australian Government does not know if any whaling occurred in our waters during the current whaling season," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
"During estimates it was confirmed that the Government had not followed up reports from the Sea Shepherd that they had found at least part of the Japanese fleet in Australian waters."
"So, we don't know how long the fleet was in our waters, if whales were taken and if so how many. In addition, it seems that the Government doesn't even want to ask the Japanese about it," said Senator Siewert.
"The Government doesn't know what is happening because they failed to monitor these operations. One of the reasons given for not monitoring was because the Japanese were not supposed to be in Australian waters this season."
"It is incredible to believe that the Government can't confirm the Japanese were in our waters, if they took any whales or any other information about their operations," she concluded.
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Keep it up, you are showing the world what an Aussie can do!