Japanese whalers in spy flights

Andrew Darby, 6/12/09

Japanese whalers have sent spy flights from Australian airports to track protest ships targeting their hunt in the Antarctic. A series of flights from Western Australia pinned down Sea Shepherd’s vessel, Steve Irwin, but flights out of Tasmania on New Year’s Day failed to locate the ship again. Coalition environment spokesman Greg Hunt said yesterday it was an outrageous use of Australian airports and should be banned, while Greens leader Bob Brown called it an embarrassing reversal for the Rudd Government. ”Instead of Australia sending a surveillance vessel to watch the whalers, the Japanese are using Australian soil to watch the whale defenders,” Senator Brown said. ”It’s totally back to front.”

See: http://www.theage.com.au/national/japanese-whalers-in-spy-flights-20100105-lsco.html