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

7 June 2006

Australia Post celebrates our Whales


The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, congratulated Australia Post and WWF for a new collection of whales stamps launched this week.

The Whales Down Under collection features four species found in Australian waters – humpback whale, blue whale, fin whale and the southern bottlenose whale.

“Australians are long time supporters of whales and initiatives like these stamps help to raise awareness and reinforce our commitment to saving our whales,” Senator Campbell said.

Whales in Australian waters are protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The release of the collection marks the start of the whale watching season and coincides with the lead up to the crucial meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on June 16. Senator Campbell will lead the Australian delegation to the IWC meeting in St Kitts in the Caribbean.

“The Australian Government is completely opposed to all forms of commercial and scientific whaling. Whaling for so-called ‘scientific’ purposes is unnecessary, inhumane and cruel and we are working with other pro-conservation countries at the IWC to ensure commercial and scientific whaling stops,” Senator Campbell said.

“Whales should be celebrated, not slaughtered, and whale watching is a great way to enjoy whales without harming them,” he said.

There are a number of things you can do to help whales:

“Australia is leading the way in whale research – developing techniques that do not harm whales it is important for us to learn more about these beautiful creatures and support the international ban on whaling,” Senator Campbell said.

Whales Down Under stamps will be available in all Australia Post outlets from 6 June 2006.

To learn more about Whales and the Australian Government’s commitment to marine conservation, visit www.deh.gov.au/whales

Media contact:
Marianne McCabe 02 6277 7640 or 0400 389 580

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