Thursday, 4 July 2019
I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 10.
I move the motion as amended:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) Japan has turned its back on the international community by recommencing commercial whaling for the first time since 1988,
(iii) Norway and Iceland have reduced commercial whaling in recent years in response to the negative impact it is having on tourism, and
(iv) whale watching is a viable business in many parts of the world, and that it is a much more sustainable business than killing whales; and
(b) condemns Japan, Norway and Iceland for their commercial whaling, and implores them to support whale watching rather than whale killing.
The Australian government is disappointed that Japan has resumed commercial whaling, following its withdrawal from the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling and its decision-making body, the International Whaling Commission. Australia has publicly urged Japan to return to the convention and the commission as a matter of priority. The government welcomes Japan's decision to stop whaling in the Southern Ocean and its commitment to continue to cooperate with the commission. The government's position on whaling has not changed: we remain resolutely opposed to all forms of commercial and scientific whaling. Japan is well aware of our position.
Question agreed to.