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Message Subject Attorney General said Australian Whaling activists would face consequences for their actions
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I resent that my tax dollars are being used to help these idiots who boarded a japanese vessel in the first place. What were they thinking that the japs would let them go. More money spent to help idiots who get into strife at sea, like those idiots who sail around the world get into trouble in our waters and then want to be rescued and then do it again.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 8820528

fair enough. our government is obliged under law to patrol and enforce our whale sanctuaries in the south, if this was being done the whale protectors would not have needed rescuing to begin with

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How has it come to this that Japan is acting in complete disregard of Australian law and the Gillard government is apparently tolerating these incursions?

The 1959 Antarctic Treaty also places constraints on the enforcement of Australian law offshore Antarctica. These limitations were highlighted in 2004, when the environmental NGO Humane Society International began a claim in the Australian Federal Court arguing that the actions of the Japanese whalers within the Australian Whale Sanctuary were in violation of Australian law. After much legal wrangling, the court eventually issued orders in 2008 accepting this argument.

However, Japan has ignored the court's ruling, and the Rudd/Gillard governments, mindful of the sensitivity associated with any enforcement of Australian Antarctic sovereignty, have not pursued the matter further.

so citizens have to uphold the law because the government won't? that can't be right. isn't the government breaking the law by not upholding the law?
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