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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

22 December 2005

Medical emergency at sea


A young Japanese man at sea in the Southern Ocean will be granted access to an Australian port in order to receive emergency medical treatment.

The man is aboard a Japanese vessel participating in the Japanese Government’s whaling programme (JARPA II).

While the Australian Government does not support commercial whaling, it will always assist a person in the event of an emergency at sea.

The Australian Government’s opposition to commercial whaling is well known – but it will never put a human life at risk.

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Marianne McCabe 02 6277 7640 or 0400 389 580

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