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Monday, 7 November 2005
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To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

Certain citizens of Australia draw to the attention of the House:

Japan’s intention to seek an expansion of its whaling quota at the June meeting of the International Whaling Commission.

The Howard Government’s failure to protect the whale population in Australian waters despite laws passed by the Parliament in 1999 which gave it the power to do so.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to call on the Howard Government to:

(1)   Take all steps to prevent an increase in Japan’s “scientific research” quota at the International Whaling Commission meeting to be held in Korea in June 2005.

(2)   Take all necessary legal steps to enforce Australian laws creating an Australian Whale Sanctuary in the Southern Ocean and making it an offence to kill or injure whales in Australian waters.

(3)   Challenge the legality of Japan’s abuse of the “scientific research” exemption to the ban on commercial whaling by taking a case to the International Court of Justice.

by Ms George (from 496 citizens)