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Notice given 31 October 2006

2595  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) Is the Prime Minister opposed to the execution by Indonesia of Australians Scott Rush, Tan Duc Than Nguyen, Si Yi Chen, Matthew Norman, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan; if so, will the Prime Minister express this view publicly: (a) in Australia; and (b) to the President of Indonesia.

(2) What representations have been made to date to Indonesia on the matter of the execution sentence of these six young Australians.

(3) Given that the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Downer) is reported as saying ‘We will at the appropriate time support appeals for clemency’: (a) when will the time be appropriate; and (b) what form will such support take.

(4) Does the Prime Minister consider that the death penalty should be seen as a warning on the dangers of carrying drugs through Asian countries; if so, why.