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Unformatted text preview: 16 | P a g e 1 1 / 1 0 / 2 0 0 8 A U S T R A L I A U N L I K E L Y T O M O N I T O R J A P A N E S E W H A L I N G CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's government is unlikely to send ships to monitor Japanese whaling in the Antarctic this season, lawmakers said Tuesday, after clashes with activists last year led to a diplomatic protest from Tokyo. Canberra last year sent a customs and fisheries icebreaker to shadow anti-whaling activists and the Japanese fleet, gathering photo evidence of the yearly research hunt for a possible international legal case against Tokyo. But after high-seas clashes between the whalers and activists in the frigid Southern Ocean, the brief detention of activists on a whale hunting ship and diplomatic protests from Japan, Environment Minister Peter Garrett would not promise a repeat. "The Japanese whaling fleet is expected to launch within the next month, yet still the government refuses to take any active steps to prevent this annual slaughter," Australian Greens Senator Rachel...
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- Fall '09
- Humpback whale, Fin whale, Greens Senator Rachel, Australian Greens Senator, great whale species