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Bipartisan support for anti-whaling by Australia's main political parties

Bipartisan support for anti-whaling by Australia's main political parties

Updated 24 June 2013, 17:00 AEST

The case for Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean and its challenge by the Australian government, is listed for hearing in the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

The Australian Government wants a ban on all commercial whaling, including Japan's so-called scientific program under which more than 10,000 whales have been killed since 1988.

Australia's Opposition Liberal/National party coalition supports the court challenge and may win Government in a national election in September.

If that's the case it will be in power when the court hands down its ruling at the end of the year.

Fran Kelly asked the opposition coalition's Environment spokesman Greg Hunt for more details.

Presenter: Fran Kelly

Speaker: Greg Hunt environment spokesman for the Australian Opposition

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