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Garrett blatantly refusing to commit to the whaling court case.



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Media Release The Hon Greg Hunt MP Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water 24 November 2008 Garrett Blatantly Refusing to Commit to the Whaling Court Case Peter Garrett today refused to commit to Labor’s promise to take Japanese whaling to the International Court of Justice. Before the election, Kevin Rudd and Peter Garrett promised over and over again to take whaling to the international court. Today I asked Mr Garrett whatever happened to this promise. He didn’t even attempt to answer the question. It was a slap in the face for the many Australians who once believed Mr Garrett and Mr Rudd cared about the whaling cause. 12 months after coming to office, the failure to take whaling to the international court remains one of the most blatant broken promises of the Rudd Government. As far as broken election promises go, this is a whopper. This is a whale of a broken promise. Mr Garrett and Mr Rudd made an iron-clad promise. No questions, no equivocation, no doubts. They said they would take Japan to the International Court of Justice. It would be the first thing that they did rather than the last thing. They’ve dropped the case. They’ve dropped the promise and they’ve dropped the commitment on whaling. Attached are quotes from Messrs Rudd, Garrett and Albanese promising to take Japanese whaling to the International Court of Justice

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What Labor said about taking Japanese whaling to the International Court of Justice

“Our challenge to the Howard Government is to prepare a case now for the International Court of Justice which will bring the international public spotlight on Japan’s claims about its scientific quota of whaling.” - Kevin Rudd, media conference, 20 May 2005

“Take Japan to international courts such as the International Court of Justice or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to end the slaughter of whales.” -Rudd/ Garrett statement, ‘Federal Labor’s Plan to Counter International Whaling’, 19 May 2007

“Labor in Parliament today called on the Howard Government to initiate a case against Japan in the International Court of Justice, given Australia’s diplomatic efforts have to date failed…” - Kevin Rudd media release, 24 May 2005

“The IWC will not stop the whale slaughter.” - Rudd / Albanese media release, 19 June 2005

“Regardless of what happens at the IWC meeting, the Howard Government should take Japan to the International Court of Justice to end the barbaric slaughter of whales once and for all.” - Rudd/ Albanese media release, 20 June 2005

“We cannot afford another year of complacency. The Howard Government must act immediately to take Japan to the International Court of Justice.” - Rudd/ Albanese media release, 18 July 2005

“…take Japan and any other country necessary, to court in the International Court of Justice, in order to bring a stop to this practice.” - Rudd doorstop, Labor’s whaling policy, 20 May 2007

“Obviously, that approach of international pressure through the IWC has not worked.” - Rudd doorstop, Labor’s whaling policy, 20 May 2007

“Our approach from beginning has been, what do we need to do in terms of creating evidence for the construction of a possible legal case against Japan to bring a halt to commercial whaling?” - Rudd - media conference, 17 January 2008