When the new Rudd government was elected in Australia late last year all sorts of promises were made about ending Japanese whaling in the Antarctic including monitoring the whaling fleet. But according to a recent article in the The Australian the government’s stated intention have gotten stuck in neutral:
“A docked Australian ship supposedly monitoring Japanese whaling vessels may have missed observing half of Japan’s annual whale cull.
“Revelations that the Customs Ship Oceanic Viking was still in Fremantle has prompted the Coalition to claim that the Rudd Government was asleep at the wheel and had gone into holiday mode.
“Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt this morning called on the Government to stop partying and going to the cricket, and get back to the job of government.”
And when the Australian government does decide to start monitoring, it will be keeping the Japanese whaling fleet’s location secret, and this is a betrayal of public trust according to an article in The Sydney Morning Herald:
“THE anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has condemned the Federal Government’s decision to keep the location of the Japanese whaling fleet secret.
“‘The move was a betrayal that would withhold vital information from anti-whaling groups,’ Paul Watson, of Sea Shepherd, said.
“‘Once again the cards are stacked against us, as governments continue to co-operate with each other to maintain the status quo,’ he said, adding the Government owed it to the Australian public to say where the fleet was.
Links and text from JG Moebus in California