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MATT WORDSWORTH, PRESENTER: Members of the 'Budgie Nine' are back home tonight, following their run-in with Malaysia's legal system. They escaped with nothing more than a four-day stint in jail, but it's likely some will have questions to answer from their bosses, including Defence Minister Christopher Pyne.

First, the men had to face the Australian media:

NICK KELLY, GROUP MEMBER: We're very glad to be home at this time. We'd like to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude and thanks to the Australian consulate in Malaysia, as well as also to our families for all that they've done for us over the last couple of days.

We would like to urge all Australians travelling overseas in the future to be very aware of the cultural differences and sensitivities that exist in other nations. We would like to take this opportunity to ask you to please be respectful of our families' privacies at this time. Thank you.

MATT WORDSWORTH: The Budgie Nine are the latest in a long line of Australians to find themselves in trouble overseas.

Tonight, more than a dozen are in foreign jails. Some knowingly committed offences, while others unwittingly broke the law.

This week, we asked if you'd ever committed a crime in a foreign country - and it turns out you're not all innocent.

Brigid Andersen reports.

BRIGID ANDERSEN, REPORTER: Some rules are obvious when travelling. Don't smuggle drugs is a key one. But budgie smuggling? It's more common than you might think. These photos from the Instagram page of Australian swimwear designer Budgy Smuggler show that dropping your dacks at iconic locations around the world is a thing.

According to the company's boss, the Budgie Nine saga has sent order requests soaring. The Budgie Nine are likely to be the last to try it in Malaysia. But they're not the only travellers who've found themselves in hot water, far from home.

Australian Harry Nicolaides served six months in a Thai prison for breaking the country's lèse majesté laws on defaming the monarchy, after he wrote a novel featuring a fictional crown prince. Annice Smoel was jailed after she pleaded guilty to stealing a bar mat in Thailand, the result of an unfortunate practical joke.

When New Zealander Philip Blackwood posted a picture of Buddha wearing headphones on Facebook to promote a bar in Myanmar, he was sent to jail for insulting the country's religion. American student Otto Warmbier is serving 15 years' hard labour in North Korea after he stole a propaganda poster from a hotel in the country's capital.

This foreign legal minefield means Australia's consular officials have their work cut out for them.

JULIE BISHOP, FOREIGN MINISTER ('Today', Channel 9, 5 Oct.): We are dealing with about 15,000 consular cases a year. That's about 40 on average a day. So our time and resources and efforts are very much under pressure.

BRIGID ANDERSEN: We asked you if you'd broken a law in a foreign country and many of you said "yes."

Marianne Gillespie confessed to accidentally taking a packet of gum to Singapore, where gum and littering is strictly forbidden. Bruce Pulver admitted to not driving fast enough on Germany's autobahn.

Gary Sutton said he'd outrun the cops on his scooter in Bali and Jamie Evans accidentally drank alcohol when he was below the legal drinking age in Fiji.

All up, 26 per cent on Facebook and 29 per cent on Twitter confessed to breaking the law.

Yet many of you were unsympathetic to the plight of the Budgie Nine. Dave Free says he's "sick of Australians acting like prats overseas then crying for help." Maureen Lee called for them to be "banned from travelling anywhere for five years." Some of you even wanted to see them locked up.

Jamie Williamson was shocked by some of your responses, saying: "I'd rather party with these nine guys than any of the wowsers contributing to this discussion."

And there were those of you who were more concerned about Malaysia's history on human rights. Eric Forster said, "The type of culture prevalent in Malaysia offends me more than a few lads having a good time."

But the last word goes to this rebel who, when asked if he'd broken the law overseas, said: "Nah. Haven't finished breaking all the laws in Australia yet."