It would seem so. According to this article, the Rudd government seems to be having second thoughts.
THERE is a note of hesitation - even flakiness - creeping into the Rudd Government's approach to Japanese whaling.
The new Government's concern about upsetting the trade and business relationship with Tokyo has begun to colour its judgment.
While there can be no more solid aspect of Australian public opinion than the national abhorrence towards whaling, the resolve Kevin Rudd's team showed in vowing to increase the pressure on Japan to stop the practice is nowhere near as evident as it was before the election.