Attorney General Mark Dreyfuss has repudiated Japanese claims that the Australian government is colluding with The Sea Shepherd as a means of ‘outsourcing’ maritime enforcement.
Dreyfus said: “Australia has a longstanding position, along with other nations, that vessels in the Southern Ocean comply with international law. We’ve called for proper conduct [in the Southern Ocean]. Japan isn’t entering into a proper debate. It’s a ridiculous suggestion that isn’t relevant to this case.”
“This case is about science and whether Japan’s whaling is scientific or not. Regrettably, Japan has decided to raise matters not relevant to this.”