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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Australia and Japan Headed For Confontation Over Whaling

Australian PM Kevin Rudd may send the the Oceanic Viking, leased from P&O, to monitor the Japanese whaling fleet. The vessel would be equipped with machine guns and cameras.

Australia's previous prime minister, John Howard, criticised the hunts but Mr Rudd is openly considering tracking the whalers, despite the potential damage this may inflict on the countries' deepening military and economic ties.

"We take seriously Australia's international obligations on the proper protection of whales," he said last week at the UN climate change summit in Bali. Rudd is expected to outline his anti-whaling policy later this week.

Reports in the Australian media suggest that Mr Rudd has not ruled out sending the Australian navy to track the whalers to gather evidence for a possible legal challenge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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