Joe Kelly; 29/4/10
Australian diplomacy will be tested as the Rudd government scrambles to muster support for a fresh push to end so-called scientific whaling in the Southern Ocean. Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett has rejected a compromise plan by the International Whaling Commission that would allow some whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. IWC chairman Cristian Maquieira last week announced the proposal for limited whaling in the sanctuary and off the coast of Japan in an attempt to reach a compromise on the whale conservation issue. But Mr Garrett said the proposal was unacceptable and would set back whale conservation by decades.