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Thursday, 27 November 2014
Page: 9504


Senator WHISH-WILSON (Tasmania) (12:13): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the Japanese Government's announcement that it plans to resume hunting whales in the Southern Ocean in 2015; and

(b) calls on:

(i) the Prime Minister (Mr Abbott) to directly raise with the Japanese Prime Minister (Mr Shinzō Abe) Australia's objection to Japan's plan to resume hunting in the Southern Ocean, and

(ii) the Australian Government to utilise international fora to stop the Japanese resuming hunting in the Southern Ocean.

I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator WHISH-WILSON: This motion is fairly straightforward. It calls on support from all members of parliament in the Senate to ask our Prime Minister and the government to put diplomatic pressure on the Japanese, who have just announced JARPA III—another attempt to go down and harpoon whales in the Southern Ocean.

Illegal whaling in the Southern Ocean is opposed by over 90 per cent of Australians. I would point out for Senator Macdonald's benefit that those 90-plus per cent of Australians also support Sea Shepherd, who go down every Christmas and put themselves in harm's way to prevent the death of thousands of whales. You have just maliciously, wilfully and dishonestly misled this Senate chamber about them and have attacked them. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Let every Australian know that the Liberal Party have attacked Sea Shepherd today and the good work they do on behalf of the—

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Senator Whish-Wilson, resume your seat.

Senator Bernardi: Mr President, I rise on a point of order. Leave was granted to make a brief statement in regard to this motion. Then we had a hysterical rant from Senator Whish-Wilson which was completely unrelated. I think you should call him to order. Otherwise, it will become an inappropriate forum for us to grant leave for these sorts of things.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: That is not a point of order. The chamber did in fact grant leave and Senator Whish-Wilson had leave. You have a couple of seconds left.

Senator WHISH-WILSON: Two seconds left and we have obviously hit a raw nerve if Senator Bernardi has to act like an idiot.