More Condemnation Of Iceland's Whaling

Australia's Environment Minister Peter Garrett has condemned the decision by Iceland to resume commercial whaling.

Mr Garrett says the quota hasn't been endorsed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and is out of step with the international community.

Iceland does not recognize the global moratorium on whaling, despite being a member of the IWC.

Garrett says at the next IWC meeting in June, Australia will be arguing very strongly that the commission must be modernised, to address concerns over the future of whales around the world.

"[Australia will argue] that we need to have firm and rigorous science when we discuss the issues of so-called scientific whaling, and we'll be arguing very strongly that the global moratorium can't be compromised any longer."

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