News

South Korean Government changes stance on whaling

SOUTH Korea will ditch its lethal so-called "scientific" whaling program.

International Whaling Commission executive secretary Simon Brockington said the Korean Government had changed its position and would, instead, undertake research using non-lethal methods.

Mr Brockington said, in a circular communication issued this week, that the republic's initial plan in 2012 had been to conduct whaling for scientific research on minke whales off the Korean peninsula.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said he was pleased South Korea had carefully considered its approach.

"The oceans can only be properly cared for if every nation plays its part,'' Mr Burke said.

"This decision shows that Korea is willing to be a responsible custodian of the oceans and is willing to respect the moratorium on commercial whaling.

"It contains some very strong lessons and messages for Japan.

"Australia is more than happy to share our techniques and approaches to non-lethal cetacean research to help Korea answer their key management and conservation priorities."

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said Australia was known for its firm position on whaling and there was "no reason to kill whales in the name of science".

"That's why we are taking action in the International Court of Justice to stop so called 'scientific' whaling once and for all," she said.

The International Court of Justice will soon set the case down for oral hearing in The Hague, likely in the latter half of 2013.

Topics:  south korea whaling



Generous pay cheque for dull ideas

Australia Post.

I wouldn't mind $4.4 million a year

EXCLUSIVE: CFMEU mining boss reveals why he backs Miller

HITS AND MEMORIES: Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller MP with some of her favourite QT posters.

'She works her arse off in the local community. The people love her'

Sportsbet installs LNP as favourites at next election

SPEAKING OUT: Sean Choat agrees with Sportsbet on the LNP being favourite to form government at the next state election, but says the party must learn lessons from the past.

Choat agrees with bookies but insists lessons of past must be heeded

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

WARNING: 'Sardine city' is on Ipswich's horizon

CONCERNED: The implications of the State's move to denser housing developments has Cr David Pahlke up in arms.

But Antoniolli says council can manage State's denser housing edict

Grand re-launch for new Nolan's Corner

GRAND PARTY: Wayne Kemp and Angela Love from Poison Arrow, Eliza Woodruffe from Limestone Emporium, Tess Claris from Voice Hair and Beauty and Kim Schubel from Schudio will all be at the grand launch party.

A feat worth celebrating

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!