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  • Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
  • Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania
  • Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia
  • Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney
  • Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania
  • Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia
  • Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia
  • Sunset in outback Western Australia
  • Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania

Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania

Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia

Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia

Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney

Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney

Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania

Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia

Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia

Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia

Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia

Sunset in outback Western Australia

Sunset in outback Western Australia

Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Final stage of legal struggle to end "scientific" whaling

Humpback WhaleBreaching Humpback Whale
Photo: Wanetta Ayers
For years the Australian government has tried to stop the so-called "scientific" whaling, a loophole in the international agreement to protect whales in the southern ocean and which is exploited by Japan. While whaling for commercial reasons is banned since 1986, the ban does not extend to the killing of whales for scientific purposes. And since 1986 the Japanese whaling fleet has hunted and killed more than 14,000 of these beautiful animals - supported by the Japanese government under the claim that it is all for scientific purposes.

 

Now there is hope this slaughtering will finally come to and end. The legal struggle between Australia and Japan has reached its final stage. The Australian government has taken the matter to the the United Nations International Court of Justice in Den Hague. Both sides now have a few weeks to present their arguments but there is hope a ruling of the court will come before the begin of the whaling season and - if it is in favour of the Australian position - that it is not to late to ensure these huge and peaceful sea mamals will survive.

About meLiving Australia, living my dream

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My name is Gernot. You most like have never come across this name before, because it is rare even in Germany where I am originally from.

I have been to Australia for the first time in 2000 and immediately fell in love with this this country. The pleasant climate in Sydney, the unique combination of urban life and nature this city offers but especially the beautiful, warm colours of the land.

In 2010 I finally made this long standing dream come true. I left Germany and migrated as permanent resident to Sydney.

Between this first visit and relocating to Australia permanently has passed almost a decade and of course I have been back in between a number of times, travelling this country I now call home.

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