Oh, and apparently the Japanese whalers have been hiring spy planes in Australia to let them know where the Sea Sheptard and Co. is. Imagine, there's the Acting PM, no, not Kevin acting like his definition of the PM, but Julia Gargle at a doorstop interview bleating that this is just not on and she's got the government's legal people looking into it. Here you go:
JULIA GILLARD: We don't condone this at all, we do not condone this action by the Japanese Government at all, and we are certainly urgently seeking legal advice about this conduct, but we certainly do not condone it in any way.Since when has it been illegal to charter a plane in Australia to check out the, um,
And Bob Brown's an even bigger fool:
JENNIFER MACEY: But the Greens Leader Bob Brown wants the Federal Government to ban Japanese whalers from having access to Australian airports.If it can be stopped to prevent terrorism what on earth is what the occupants of the Sea Sheptard do if not terrorism and harassment of the Japanese. That the Australian government allows these "activists" to refuel and refit their vessels in Australia is on par with aiding and abetting in illegal activities.
BOB BROWN: The Australian Government is facilitating the innovative whaling interests from Tokyo in getting at the whales, it's as simple as that. We need legislation to stop that. This county has the ability to legislate to prevent any further surveillance taking place. It does it for example to prevent terrorism and it can do the same to prevent the slaughter of the whales.
See Tim Blair for more - Bob Brown wants the Aus Government to replace the Batboat and send the bill to the Japanese Government. He's kidding, isn't he? No. Brown never jokes.