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‘Extremely disappointed’: Australian government slams Japan’s whaling decision

The Australian government is “extremely disappointed” by Japan’s decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission.

Japan says it will withdraw from the commission in July and will resume commercial whaling in its own waters.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne tells Chris Smith Australia won’t stop campaigning for the practice to be banned.

“We have remained resolutely opposed to all forms of commercial and so-called scientific whaling.”

The minister also says trade and political pressures won’t get in the way.

“The value of our very strong relationship with Japan – and they are a special strategic partner – is that we do have opportunities to constantly remind the Japanese government and the community of how important the international community sees these issues.”

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