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Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Page: 8164


Senator RUSTON (South AustraliaAssistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific) (16:23): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RUSTON: Contrary to Senator Whish-Wilson's simple view of the issue before us, the government does believe that this is a complex foreign policy matter. Australia strongly opposes all forms of commercial and so-called scientific whaling. We have expressed our concern at the return of the Japanese fleet to the Southern Ocean. We will continue our efforts at the International Whaling Commission to promote whale conservation and our non-lethal whale research to prove that such scientific whaling is untenable. Our bilateral relations with Japan are extremely important to us and we continue to raise this at the highest levels with Japan.