Australia upbeat over whaling case

AFP-JIJI

Attorney General Mark Dreyfus said Sunday he is hopeful the government will win its case against Japan’s “scientific” whaling that begins this week in the International Court of Justice.

Dreyfus, who will be in the Hague to lead the case for the final stretch of the three-week hearing, which begins Wednesday, said both sides have filed very lengthy legal and factual arguments with the court.

“Australia’s views on whaling are well established — we strongly oppose all commercial whaling, including so-called scientific whale hunting by Japan,” Dreyfus said. “We believe Japan’s so-called scientific whaling is contrary to its international obligations and we want to see this practice brought to a halt once and for all.”

The attorney general said Australia and Japan, a key trading partner, remain friends despite their disagreement over whaling, which Tokyo says is carried out for scientific purposes.