|A Sea Shepherd sandwich, anyone?|
Oz enviro minister Greg Hunt now says the govt hopes the ICJ (International Court of Justice) will rule in favour of Australia to prevent Japanese whaling this season..."if however their fleet sets sail, our commitment to monitoring and observing remains undiminished."
Last week the NZ navy sent the HMNZS Otago to monitor fishing (fishing, NOT whaling!) in the Antarctic, with another limp-dick platitude from Muddling McCully ringing in our ears.
When in opposition, Greg Hunt was a vocal critic of the Labour govt's efforts to prevent whaling, promising to restore regular patrols. In February, he said, "Whaling should never be occurring, but for it to occur in Australian waters is an utter failure in Canberra. The government should stop turning a blind eye to whaling in our waters and should have a Customs vessel in the Southern Ocean."
SS believes the nasty Nippons could head to the Sthrn Ocean as early as next week.
It's 'put-money-where-mouth-is' time, Greg!