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Government remains opposed to all forms of commercial and so-called 'scientific' whaling



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12 July 2018

THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP Minister for the Environment and Energy

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THE TURNBULL COALITION GOVERNMENT REMAINS STEADFASTLY OPPOSED TO ALL FORMS OF COMMERCIAL AND SO-CALLED ‘SCIENTIFIC’ WHALING.

We strongly support the global moratorium on commercial whaling and will continue working through the International Whaling Commission to bring about a permanent end to this whaling.

The Government is aware of recent media reports that Japan may seek to introduce a proposal aimed at lifting the global moratorium on commercial whaling at the next International Whaling Commission meeting in September 2018. The deadline for countries introducing any such proposal is 12 July 2018.

Australia’s position on whaling remains clear - we will strongly oppose any proposals that seek to overturn the moratorium or weaken the rules for making decisions on commercial whaling.

Our efforts on this issue have been consistent and strong. We have provided funding to support the International Whaling Commission’s Southern Ocean Research Partnership demonstrating that whales do not need to be killed in order to study them. We welcomed the International Court of Justice’s 2014 finding that Japan’s Southern Ocean whaling program ‘JARPA-II’ was not for purposes of scientific research. We are leading efforts in the International Whaling Commission to ensure Japan’s whaling programs in the North Pacific and Southern Ocean are subjected to greater scrutiny. This includes successfully passing a resolution at the Commission meeting in 2016 establishing a group, chaired by Australia, to undertake this work. Late last year, we led a joint statement with 39 other countries in which we expressed disappointment with Japan’s decision to continue its Southern Ocean whaling program and urged them to cease whaling in future seasons.

The Australian Government will continue to advocate strongly and consistently for the cessation of commercial and so-called ‘scientific’ whaling.

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Media contact: Kane Silom - Office of the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP - 02 6277 7920 The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP | Minister for the Environment and Energy | MELBOURNE