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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Page: 1495

Senator CASH (Western AustraliaAssistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women) (16:12): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CASH: Australia's views on whaling are well known. The Australian government strongly opposes all commercial whaling, including Japan's so-called scientific whaling. We hope that the International Court of Justice makes a positive decision shortly and that there is no attempt at whaling. If, however, the fleet set sail, as it appears they may have started to, a commitment to monitoring and observing remains undiminished. Beyond that, we will obviously not pre-empt or discuss operational activities. The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is working with other government agencies on how it can best support the government's commitment in the Southern Ocean, including the deployment of a border protection asset for this purpose.

Question agreed to.