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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

10:45 am, Thursday, 22 December 2005
720 Mornings

Japanese whaling ship heading to Hobart


E&OE...

[dot points used due to poor audio]

Bartlett:
Well following the interview with Greenpeace, from their boats, the Arctic Sunrise, down near Antarctica, we've had a call from the Office of the Minister for the Environment, Senator Ian Campbell, and he wanted to have his say on the program this morning. [Greetings omitted].

We talked to Greenpeace, and in fact as we were talking to them, the Japanese harpooned another minke whale, you could imagine, it made them terribly sad, but it just goes on...the slaughter down there, doesn't it?

Senator Campbell:

Bartlett:
You think they have done a good job?

Senator Campbell:

Bartlett:
Well I'm intrigued to hear you say that, because you're quoted on our news this morning as saying protests like there's could be a bit counter-productive.

Senator Campbell:

Bartlett:
Senator, this Japanese whaling vessel, that's heading to Tasmania to Hobart, so that a sick crewman can get treatment for appendicitis, once the crewman is treated medically, what do you intend to do with that ship?

Senator Campbell:

Bartlett:
So once he's been looked after, you're quite happy for that ship to be refuelled in Hobart are you?

Senator Campbell:

Bartlett:
No one is disagreeing with the morality of looking after this seaman, no one is saying that, I mean in all the protests......

Senator Campbell:

Bartlett:
....I haven't heard anybody suggest anything else, but the fact...they're saying is look, it's obviously that diplomacy has failed, because these things are being harpooned as we speak......

Senator Campbell:

Bartlett:
You can send a stronger message than that, can't you, without actually.....

Senator Campbell:

Bartlett:
So in the mean time, apart from the sick crewman issue, we just sort of turn a blind eye and let this keep going?

Senator Campbell:

Bartlett:
We do the same sort of thing for Indonesian boats, don't we, in the illegal fishing off our northern coast, except when we find them doing it, we grab the boat and we burn it.

Senator Campbell:

Bartlett:
We certainly did, it ended in tears.

Senator Campbell:

Bartlett:
Senator we'll leave it there have a good Christmas.

Senator Campbell:

.../ENDS

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