Australia is looking to the Rudd Government to begin active protection of whales in Australian territorial waters.
"The Humane Society International is seeking a Federal Court injunction to stop the Japanese whalers and says the public will expect strong action from the Rudd Government if the group is successful.
"They will be required to stop the hunt," HSI spokeswoman Nicola Beynon said to ABC radio.
"The traditional means for stopping the hunt would be to intercept the ships and forcibly stop the hunt.
"And if the Government's not prepared to do that, the Humane Society International and the Australian public will be expecting them to find some other means of stopping the hunt."
The Coalition squibs it.
"While the Coalition opposes the whale hunt, Dr Nelson – the former defence minister – says the proposal to use the navy to gather evidence on Japan's whalers raises more questions that it answers.
And he is worried it could harm strong security and trade ties with Japan."
News.com.au article yesterday: