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(generated from captions) a trapdoor and end his life. A death certificate is issued within hours

allowing Van Nguyen's family to

allowing Van Nguyen's family to take his body home.

And I spoke to Victoria's Attorney-General Rob Hulls just a short time ago.

Tanks for joining us. Pleasure,

Tony. What do you hope top achieve

by making this stop-off in

Singapore? If you are vehemently

opposed to death penalty you can't

leave any stone unturned. I'll take

a letter from Steve Bracks making

a letter from Steve Bracks making it clear to the Singaporean government

we are opposed to the death penalty.

Yes, this young kid has made a

serious mistake, committed a

serious mistake, committed a serious offence, but what is being proposed

is totally inappropriate to the

offence that he's committed. So,

we'll be making, if you like a

last-ditched plea for clemency to

ensure that this young man is not

executed. Who will he be making

executed. Who will he be making that plea to exactly? It was uncertain

earlier if you were unable to speak

to a senior official? I am please

I'd have a meeting with the senior

Minister of State for law and home

affairs, Professor O Ping QUE. I'll

meet with him with the High

Commissioner and will not only hand

the letter across from the Premier

of victim

of Victoria Steve Bracks but make

ago plea on behalf of all

ago plea on behalf of all Victorians to save this man. It is important

that the Singaporean government

that the Singaporean government take into fact that this young man has

pleaded guilty and assisted the

police and he's even prepared to

give evidence against those who he

was carrying this contraband. In

was carrying this contraband. In any other jours diction that would lead

the a reduction in sentence, but

what is being proposed here is

mandatory death penalty. It is

important that I make this plea on

behalf of the Victorian government.

Do you have any hope at all because

the Prime Minister essentially says

there's no hope now. What new

arguments or can you make any new

arguments that haven't already been

made on numerous occasions to the

Singapore Rhys? Can I say while Mr

Nguyen is alive, of course there

Nguyen is alive, of course there has to be some hope and I will be

imploring - making it quite clear

imploring - making it quite clear to the Singaporean Government that in

Victoria where this young man comes

from, he should be shown some

clemency. He is a young man. He

clemency. He is a young man. He made a mistake at the age of 22 years of

age. We've all made mistakes at 22

years of age. Nothing as serious as

this perhaps

this perhaps but he's shown remorse,

he has pleaded guilty at the

earliest available opportunity, he

has assisted the police and as a

result he should be shown some

clemency. We are opposed to the

death penalty. We don't believe

death penalty. We don't believe that state sanctioned death penalty is

appropriate; that mandatory death

penalty for any offence is

appropriate. We want the make that

very clear to the Singaporean

government. Will you consider

government. Will you consider asking the Singaporean minister to allow

this case to go before if

International Court of Justice?

Look, I'll be making it pretty

Look, I'll be making it pretty clear that there's a very strong feeling

in Australia against executing this

young man; that all avenues should be exhaust

be exhausted prior to them taking

this final step and it would be a

final step. I'll be making it quite

clear that we are happy to talk

clear that we are happy to talk with the Singaporean Government and

involve The Federal Government in

rel to any form of prisoner

rel to any form of prisoner exchange program. I know we don't have

treaties in relation to this matter

with the Singaporean Government,

with the Singaporean Government, but we are happy to involve ourselves

we are happy to involve ourselves in talks in relation to that prospect.

There was some confusion today in

Victoria about precisely that, the

potential prisoner swap deal. It

appeared that it is impossible to

appeared that it is impossible to do this because ehe's already been

sentenced. Well, as I understand it,

it could be done if the Singaporean

Government were to reconsider the

issue of clemency and so I think it

is important that, as I said, we

leave no stone unturned. I am

vehemently opposed, and I know

vehemently opposed, and I know Steve Bracks is, to the mandatory death

penalty and I think sit emcum bant

on me as Attorney-General to take

the strong message from the Premier

of victd ya to urge, implore the

Singaporean Government not to

Singaporean Government not to embark upon this final act and embark on

what I believe is a barbaric act

what I believe is a barbaric act and execute this young man. The Prime

Minister actually said today the more international constructs, Minister actually said today the more international constructs, as

more international constructs, as he called it, that are brought to bear

on the issue, the less likely it is

that the Singaporean Government

that the Singaporean Government will change its mind. Are you at all

concerned this sort of pressure

might make things worse? No. If you

do nothing, nothing is surer than

this man being executed. I think

that it is emcum bant upon any

member of party. It is emcum bant

member of party. It is emcum bant on any member of public that's opposed

to the death penalty that reveefs

the sanctity of life to do what

the sanctity of life to do what they can to lobby the Singaporean

Government in relation to this

Government in relation to this young man's life to let them know that in

the year 2005 to be hanging people

is barbaric. To be taking away a

young man's life, despite the fact

that he's assisted police, despite

the fact he's pleaded guilty,

despite the fact he's shown remorse,

despite the fact he committed this

offence at 22iers of age,

offence at 22 years of age, no

offence at 22 years of age, no prior convictions, what is being proposed