Labor refuses to back whaling legal bid

Cathy Alexander & Andrew Darby; 9/1/10

The Rudd Government won’t guarantee international legal action against Japanese whaling, despite toughening its anti-whaling rhetoric since Wednesday’s collision in the Southern Ocean. Since the collision between Sea Shepherd vessel the Ady Gil and a Japanese whaling ship, there have been calls for the Government to live up to its pre-election promise to take Japan to an international court over its whaling practices. Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Australia was pushing the anti-whaling case ”with all of our force”. ”We continue to make very clear our view about whaling, which is that it has got to cease,” she said.

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