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

22 June 2005

The voice of Australian students heard in South Korea

The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, handed petitions from Australian school children to the chairman of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) at its meeting in Ulsan in South Korea today.

Senator Campbell had been requested to deliver the petitions to the IWC by students at the Hurlstone Agricultural High School and the Picnic Point Public School, both in NSW .

The petitions opposed the re-opening of commercial whaling, which is being proposed by Japan, Norway and Iceland.

Senator Campbell said he was proud to ensure the voices of young Australians from places like Picnic Point, Revesby, East Hills, Padstow, Milperra, Alfords Point, Wattle Grove, Fairfield, and many other suburbs will be heard at this vital meeting in South Korea.

“It is important that the generation of adults who have responsibility for the future of whales know the views of the next generation,” Senator Campbell said.

“I’m sure young Australians would find many young people in Japan, Norway and Iceland support their call to conserve the world’s whales.”

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