Today's WikiLeaks revelation, indicating that Australia's challenge to Japanese whaling in the International Court of Justice may be an empty diversion, puts the ball in the government's court, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.
"Australia should seek an immediate injunction in the ICJ to stop whaling until the case is finalised in two to three years. This would show Tokyo that Canberra means business. Whether we are going to win or lose the case, let us find that out now," Senator Brown said.
"A successful injunction would send the Japanese whaling fleet home with empty hulls."
"The government should also immediately send a naval surveillance vessel to the Southern Ocean and back Greens legislation to bar Australian businesses from aiding whaling."
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