PM set on suing over whaling

Dennis Shanahan & Peter Alford; 6/3/10

The federal government risks a major diplomatic dispute by taking Japan to the International Court of Justice over whaling, Japanese officials have warned. But Kevin Rudd, aware of mounting Japanese antagonism, repeated his threat yesterday. “If necessary, we’ll take it to the ICJ before the next whaling season commences,” the Prime Minister said in an interview with The Weekend Australian. “I don’t think I can be plainer than that.” The likelihood of an Australia-Japan showdown escalated as key International Whaling Commission nations failed yesterday to agree on a compromise that would have allowed hunting to continue in the Antarctic for 10 years. The Florida meeting underlined that Australia’s hardline position was becoming isolated, heading into the critical IWC annual meeting in June.