FEDERAL Member for Page Janelle Saffin has welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to initiate legal action in the International Court of Justice in The Hague against Japanese ‘scientific’ whaling in the Southern Ocean.

Ms Saffin said she endorsed the government’s commitment to bring an end to whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary and around the globe, after unsuccessful efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to this issue in the International Whaling Commission and bilaterally with Japan.

“This decision is not one which has been taken lightly, but it will have widespread support across Page from all sectors of the community because so many local people are passionately opposed to whaling,” she said.

In a statement to Parliament in March, Ms Saffin said there was a strong anti-whaling campaign in Page.

“There is support for the government’s diplomatic efforts with Japan to get them to cease, and for the legal case, coming by year’s end, if diplomatic efforts to not bear fruit,” she then said.



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