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Whaling

Bring an end to lethal whaling

The Turnbull Government have stood idly by as the Japanese have ignored the findings of the International Court of Justice. This is not good enough. Australia must stand firm and must fight to stop lethal whaling in the Southern Oceans.

End lethal whaling

Australia has historically been a strong opponent of lethal whaling. Australia banned whaling in 1979 ahead of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium on commercial whaling in 1982.

More recently, Australia took the Japanese Government to the International Court of Justice to contest their so- called 'scientific whaling program'. In 2014, the court ruled in Australia's favour in finding that Japan's whaling was not for scientific purposes.

Protect the marine environment

The Greens recognise that protecting the marine environment is also important for the ongoing health of the worlds' whale population.

The Greens would develop a 'ship-strike strategy' to prevent collisions between whales and ships. This would include moving shipping lanes where necessary. It would also include introducing speed limits in key nursing areas for whales, such as parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

 

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