SLAUGHTER: The Japanese whaling fleet will return to Antarctica this summer.
SLAUGHTER: The Japanese whaling fleet will return to Antarctica this summer. JEREMY SUTTON-HIBBERT / GREENPEA

Brown wants more done for whales under threat

FORMER Greens leader Bob Brown has the Federal Government in his sights over Japan's illegal whale slaughter.

The Bob Brown Foundation is calling for government action to match the looming Japanese naval presence with its whaling fleet in the International Whale Sanctuary in Antarctic waters this coming summer.

"Environment Minister Frydenberg's criticism of Japan comes with no plan of action,” Mr Brown said in Hobart yesterday.

"He says the government is tireless in its opposition, but in fact it is tiresome, predictable, feeble and ineffective. Australia should send naval vessels to our Antarctic waters to make a show against the illegal slaughter of our whales.

"These are the same whales giving birth in Australian waters right now.

"The Minister has made no mention of going back to the International Court of Justice, which ruled against Japan's whale butchery in 2014.”

Mr Brown pointed to comments made by senior Liberal Greg Hunt, who in 2013 said: "The (Labor) government should stop turning a blind eye to whaling in our waters and should have a Customs vessel in the Southern Ocean.”

Mr Brown said a national poll conducted in late 2015 by Roy Morgan Research showed 77% of Australians wanted the government to send a ship to oppose Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.



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