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Wednesday, 23 April 1980
Page: 1798


Senator Carrick -On 5 March 1980 (Hansard, page 541) Senator Puplick asked me, as Minister representing the Prime Minister, a question without notice concerning the slaughter of dolphins in Japanese waters. The Prime Minister has supplied the following information for answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Government has been following with some concern recent reports that Japanese fishermen have been rounding up and killing dolphins at Iki Island in Japan. In accordance with the Government's policy of protection for all cetaceans, the Australian Embassy in Tokyo formally expressed to the Japanese Foreign Ministry the concern of the Australian Government at the killings and urged the development of techniques to disperse cetaceans which threaten substantial fishing interests.

On 29 February, the Australian Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission informed the Japanese Commissioner that there was concern in Australia over the reported killings and requested further information. The Japanese Commissioner subsequently briefed Australian

Government officials in Tokyo on the Japanese Government 's view of the incident, stressing that the livelihood of Japanese fishermen is threatened by the activities of cetaceans.

Legislation to implement the Government's policy to ban the killing of cetaceans in Australian waters has been prepared. lt is expected that a Bill for the protection of cetaceans, which include whales, dolphins and porpoises will be introduced into the Parliament today.







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