City could push whaling issue



GLADSTONE City Council may ask its Japanese sister city of Saiki to request the Japanese Gov- ernment to reconsider increasing the number of whales being hunt- ed in Japan for scientific research.

The move comes after the state government asked any local coun- cils with sister city relationships to use their weight to help apply pressure on the issue.

Council chief executive Julie Reitano said while the sister city program was not designed to in- fluence political motives, the is- sue would be tabled at the next council meeting for discussion.

"There has been no precedent set whereby Gladstone City Coun- cil uses the sister city relation- ship to influence political deci- sion,'' Ms Reitano said.

"However I would suspect it would be tabled at the next meeting.''

Greenpeace political adviser Helen Oakey told The Observer she believed Gladstone City Coun- cil should use its relationship to push the issue.

"Any pressure applied to Japan and its people would be great,'' she said.

A decision on the proposed in- creases in the number of whales hunted by Japan is expected when the International Whaling Com- mission meets in Korea next month.



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