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Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Page: 296


Senator SINGH (Tasmania) (15:52): I, and also on behalf of Senator Milne and Senator Mason, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that two Australians, Mr Myuran Sukumaran and Mr Andrew Chan, are presently imprisoned in Kerobokan prison in Indonesia and are facing execution for the crime of drug trafficking,

(ii) the serious nature of Mr Sukumaran and Mr Chan's crimes, befitting lengthy prison terms as just punishments for them,

(iii) Australia's abolition of capital punishment, the international trend away from capital punishment, and the success of Indonesia's efforts to save the lives of its own citizens sentenced to death in foreign jurisdictions,

(iv) the genuine remorse demonstrated by Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran and their efforts at rehabilitation and reform in Kerobokan prison, not only for themselves but also for other prisoners, and

(v) the widespread support of the Australian people for the commutation of the death sentences of Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran to lengthy prison sentences, as shown in the recent campaigns across the country calling for mercy to be shown to them; and

(b) calls on Indonesia to give consideration to the circumstances of Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran and their rehabilitation in prison, their suffering and that of their families, and commute their sentences to an appropriate term of imprisonment.

Question agreed to.