NZ whaling decision flawed, says Garrett

Brigid Glanville; 1/4/10

The Federal Government says it is very concerned by New Zealand’s compromise proposal with Japan to allow a set number of whales to be killed. New Zealand has agreed to a plan that would give whaling countries the right to kill 1,500 whales a year, and its whaling commissioner plans to put forward the proposal at international talks in June. But Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett says Australia will strongly argue its case for a blanket ban on hunting.

See: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/01/2863046.htm?section=justin; NZ anti-whaler hit with injury charge; 1/4/10; http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-world/nz-antiwhaler-hit-with-injury-charge-20100401-ricp.html;  Whaling compromise would break election promise; Lenore Taylor; 3/4/10; http://www.smh.com.au/environment/whale-watch/whaling-compromise-would-break-election-promise-20100402-rjy5.html