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Aust, Indonesia negotiate prisoner exchange

Reporter: Tim Palmer

TONY JONES: The Federal Government will try to negotiate a one-off deal with Indonesia for
Schapelle Corby to serve her sentence in Australia if she's found guilty. The two countries are
currently negotiating a broader prisoner exchange treaty. Any deal involving Ms Corby would have to
be a special arrangement. From Bali, Indonesia correspondent Tim Palmer.

TIM PALMER: Total strangers from Australia are drifting in and out of the Bali prison to visit the
woman whose case has transfixed a nation. Here, as in Australia, some of them believe that somehow
Schapelle Corby should already have been brought home.

GEOFF DELBRIDGE: There's got to be ways and means of doing it. Just need the pollies to be able to
pull their finger out and do a bit. If it was Johnny's daughter, what would he do? He'd be over
here like a shot. So, yeah, they're just not doing enough.

TIM PALMER: That appears to be exactly the sort of sentiment that's delivered a remarkable backflip
by the Australian Government. In April, when in Jakarta to discuss a prisoner exchange program,
Justice Minister Chris Ellison was at pains to suggest it wasn't just a reaction to popular opinion
over the Corby case.

SENATOR: CHRIS ELLISON, JUSTICE MINISTER: And I stress that this was something, which was being
discussed at an official level since July last year.

TIM PALMER: But now, faced with the likelihood of a guilty verdict and under pressure to be seen to
be doing something, the minister has dropped any such pretence and proposed a special prisoner
transfer agreement just for Schapelle Corby.

SENATOR CHRIS ELLISON: These things do take time and, of course, we have to pursue that agreement
through its normal course. If that does take some time, we could look at an interim arrangement for
Schapelle Corby, but that remains to be seen.

TIM PALMER: Such is the popular mood, the Opposition immediately supported the idea.

KEVIN RUDD, SHADOW FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER: Without having seen the detail of Senator Ellison's
proposal, the Labor Party wishes to indicate to the Indonesians our support for both a general
prisoner exchange agreement and, if necessary, any appropriate interim arrangement.

TIM PALMER: Neither side of politics has so far suggested why Schapelle Corby should qualify for
treatment not apparently being considered for any of the other Australian prisoners already serving
time in Indonesian jails. And, of course, so far the idea hasn't even been presented to Indonesia -
a country with no record of cutting such special deals with any other country. So Schapelle Corby's
lawyers aren't getting too enthused about the prospects of such an agreement being reached.

ROBIN TAMPOE, LAWYER: Well, we hope so, but until it's done, you know, it's not done.

TIM PALMER: For now, they are holding out for an acquittal. Tim Palmer, Lateline.