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23 June 2010
Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett today welcomed developments in the International Whaling Commission meeting in Morocco to abandon a compromise plan that would have seen the end of the moratorium on commercial whaling.
"Lifting the moratorium on commercial whaling would have been a serious and retrograde step. That is why Australia has fought so hard against this proposal, along with many like-minded, pro conservation nations both in the lead up to the IWC and here on the floor of the Commission.
"It is now time to close the door on that proposal and move forward, whilst building on the increased understanding that has emerged from these processes.
"The IWC may be grappling with serious and contentious issues but the Commission still stands as the primary international body with the responsibility to conserve and manage cetaceans.
"We believe now is the time for the IWC to embrace a new vision for the IWC working cooperatively to improve the conservation of the world's whales and I have today set out some important areas where this can work can begin immediately, including in the area of governance to ensure transparency and enhance accountability.
"Australia will continue to work hard advocating our pro-conservation agenda throughout the remainder of this important IWC meeting," Mr Garrett said