In announcing the Government's action, Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill stated: "We believe the practice of killing whales is unjustifiable. It is time the international community stopped talking about a 'moratorium' on commercial whaling and instead adopted a permanent international ban on commercial whaling. We will continue to make every effort to gather international support for a permanent ban." (Media Release, 30 September 1996)
The Australian Task Force will be chaired by former Shadow Environment Minister, Mr. Christopher Puplick, and has been requested to present a report by March 31, 1997, so that its findings can be fully considered in developing Australia's negotiating position for the 1997 meeting of the International Whaling Commission.
The Task Force on Whaling has been asked to:
Dr. Barstow also is representing CSI at a United States Interagency Governmental Policy Meeting in Washington, D.C., on January 14, 1997. He will press for the United States to follow the lead of Australia and the United Kingdom, which announced a similar position a year ago, in seeking an International Whaling Commission regime of permanent, global protection for whales from consumptive, commercial exploitation.
Meanwhile, CSI members are urged to write to President Clinton, Vice-President Gore, and United States Senators, urging U.S. support for Australia's policy.
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