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Mr. Michael Heazle

Wrong Michael Heazle?

Associate Professor

Griffith University's School of Government and International Relations

Employment History

  • Associate Professor
    Griffith University
  • Sessional Lecturer At Department of International Business
    Griffith University
  • Contributor
    University of Idaho

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • PhD
    Griffith University
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The Interpreter | Lowy Institute for International Policy, 13 Mar 2013 [cached]
Michael Heazle proclaims both Rear Admiral Goldrick and myself to be wrong. That is his right.
So what is it about the word 'sanctuary' that Japan and Michael Heazle do not seem to understand?
I don't see anything broad or ambiguous about this. A sanctuary is a sanctuary and a sanctuary for whales is a sanctuary for whales. I fail to see why Mr Heazle thinks I am being vague about this definition. It is as simple to understand as simple gets.
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It is somewhat strange to me that Mr Heazle does not understand the term 'international community'. The UN recognises the International Whaling Commission as the authority on whales and whaling, so when the IWC proclaims an area a sanctuary for whales, I think it means that, in the eyes of the international community, it is a sanctuary for whales. Yes, there is a diversity of views within the IWC but a vote is a vote and the decision was made to proclaim the waters around Antarctica an international sanctuary for whales. Therefore it is legally a sanctuary for whales.
Michael Heazle says the IWC does not represent all the nations of the world and this is true. Prince Albert of Monaco has suggested that responsibility for overseeing whaling be given to the UN and I agree. Unfortunately that idea has not been adopted, so the status quo is that it is the decision for the IWC, and the IWC has decided.
Japan does not adhere to its obligations to the IWC as Mr Heazle suggests, because Japan's so-called 'scientific research' whaling is bogus and everyone knows it. We have witnessed the whales killed, brought onboard and quickly processed without a single scientific measurement taking place. The number of whales killed under Japan's self-allotted scientific permits since 1987 is twenty times the number of whales killed under scientific permit by all nations from 1950 to date.
If there is no clear basis for legal action against Japan's activities in the Southern Ocean, as Mr Heazle states, then why is Australia, supported by New Zealand, taking Japan to the International Court of Justice? Maybe Mr Heazle should enlighten Prime Minister Gillard because the Gillard Government clearly believes it does have the basis to challenge Japan's actions in the Sanctuary.
Japan's whaling operations are in contempt of an Australian Federal Court ruling in 2008 prohibiting Japan from killing whales in Australian Antarctic Territorial waters.
Mr Heazle claims his position is founded on science but there is evidence to suggest that this is not entirely true. Mr Heazle has worked in Japan for many years as a teacher and journalist. He has a production company and produced a documentary on the IWC, and his views are very much influenced by his field of expertise in Griffith University's Department of International Business and Asian Studies. In other words, he has a pro-Japan and pro-business perspective, so of course he will disagree with the activities of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Mr Heazle states that he is genuinely concerned about whale conservation and that the best way to ensure the protection of whales is to resume regulated whaling. I suppose he thinks the best way to save elephants and rhinos from poachers is to have a regulated slaughter of these animals, a kind of 'we have to kill the whales in order to save them' approach.
by Michael Heazle - 11 March 2013 9:06AM
Michael Heazle is an Associate Professor with the Griffith University School of Government and International Relations and the Griffith Asia Institute.
While I certainly support Rear Admiral Goldrick's condemnation of Sea Shepherd's actions in the Antarctic, I do not agree with either his representation of Japan's whaling ambitions or the link he makes between whaling and Japan's territorial tensions with China. Japan's refusal to stop whaling is about much more than only the minority interests the Rear Admiral alludes to, while the connection he draws between the Southern Ocean protests and China-Japan tensions is based on a narrow characterisation of Japan as a contemporary nation and society.
Michael ..., 7 Mar 2013 [cached]
Michael Heazle
Iraq an intelligence failure? Not quite Michael Heazle
Michael Heazle is an Associate Professor in Griffith University's School of Government and International Relations. He has written previously on the policy lessons of Iraq intelligence assessments.
Michael ..., 9 Nov 2008 [cached]
Michael Heazle Dr Michael Heazle is an Australian Research Council Post Doctoral Fellow with the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University. He also teaches international relations and politics in the University's Department of International Business and Asian Studies. Prior to his return to Australia in 2003, Dr Heazle taught a variety of subjects in the faculties of Economics and Business Administration at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. He has researched and published in the areas of energy, human, and environmental security, policy making and the treatment of specialist advice, and China,Japan relations. From 1992 to 2000, Dr Heazle was a regular contributor to the Far Eastern Economic Review, and wrote for a number of other domestic and international publications including the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Japan Times, the Courier Mail, and the Australian.
Asian Studies Association of Australia - Asian Currents, April 2004, 1 April 2004 [cached]
When Michael Heazle graduated from Griffith University with his PhD in 2003, it was, in his words, "the end of one very long road but also the beginning of another even longer one. Michael's PhD, A History of Scientific Uncertainty in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) , argues that policy makers in the IWC generally have accepted or rejected scientific advice on the basis of how well that advice matches or complements their individual political goals. Michael's introduction to Japan came in 1981 when he visited his older brother in Sendai on the north-east coast of the main island. Since then, he has returned to Japan at least six times working as a teacher and journalist. Most recently he worked in Kyoto, teaching at a university to support his research but also setting up a small production company and making a documentary on the IWC. Michael is now a sessional lecturer at Griffith's Department of International Business and Asian Studies.
Review: Scientific Uncertainty and the Politics of Whaling, 1 Jan 2006 [cached]
By Michael Heazle
Michael Heazle.Scientific Uncertainty and the Politics of Whaling.Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006.240 pp.ISBN: 0-295-98605-0 (trade cloth) Acid free paper.US$60.00.
Michael Heazle, a Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University in Australia, chronicles the history of whaling in the Antarctic oceans.
Heazle, writing from the perspective of an observer, rather than an involved or idealistic scientist, asks: "To what ends do governments and non governmental organizations use empirical scientific methods and why?"(Page 32) He argues that "The actions of the IWC's [International Whaling Commission] members at the 1964 meeting in Sandefjord clearly illustrate what this study is attempting to demonstrate: that the treatment of scientific advice by policy makers in the IWC (and in other wildlife and environmental regimes) is determined almost entirely by how well it fits with individual priorities, rather than the extent (contrived, imagined, or otherwise) to which a piece of scientific research may or may not be said to accurately describe and explain reality."
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