The Dom reports today that the Japanese whaling fleet has ben “spotted steaming towards the Ross Sea” – part of our territorial waters.
They’re presumably coming here having had their activities in Australian waters declared illegal last week.
The Greens have just just called for the government to get involved.
Labour’s Steve Chadwick has said she’s “concerned about the fleet’s movements” and that she’s “strongly opposed” to Japan’s whaling here. Valuable sentiments but we agree with the Greens on this – it’s time to back up the talk with some action.
As a country we have a proud history of standing up for the things we believe in and there’s little doubt that the public would back sending a stronger message to the Japanese whalers – a visible demonstration of our opposition to their activities.
I reckon it’s time to put our money where our mouths are.
The Aussies sent an observation vessel.
The Greens want to send a “contingent of New Zealand identified multi-purpose navy ships”.
Both ok, but I was thinking something more along the lines of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus.