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The funeral director in Indonesia has apparently not been told at this time to prepare for the deaths of Andrew Chan or Myuran Sukumaran and every day that the execution doesn’t happen, people of Australia and the International communities have the opportunity to put more pressure on the Indonesian Government for clemency of the men.  But the fight is turning into a tit for tat, with significant social media efforts working both for and against the men. It has us asking what you think of the situation today.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been sent to death row in Bali and plans to move them to Nusakambangan island for their executions are apparently not yet in play.  The funeral director says that at this time he has not been asked to order coffins, which takes time and Deputy Prime Minister, Julie Bishop says she spoke with the men by phone assuring them that we would take the opportunity presented by the delays in Indonesia to continue to press the case with the Indonesian authorities.


Social media campaigns are firmly underway, seeking to drive public and private attention to the men’s rehabilitation, and their contribution within the prison system over the last ten years.  Will it be enough to save them, nobody knows.  But one thing most people agree on… it is worth trying.  Efforts are working for and against the cause though, with what seems like an enormous international outpouring.  But Tony Abbott’s firm comments are unfortunately being read the wrong way by locals, who are treating Australians as indian givers and packing a wrath of their own.

AAP reports that on Saturday, members of a Bali-based group called Mothers for Mercy arrived at Kerobokan jail with armfuls of flowers and cards for Chan, Sukumaran and the prison staff.  The floral gifts were sent from a group of mothers who found each other on Facebook and wanted to thank the wardens of the prison for their support of the Australians.  It took me back as an incredibly gracious way to develop empathy with Indonesian officials.


Meanwhile, the hashtag #BoycottBali has been gaining strength on social media, causing major airlines significant dips in bookings to the location.  The Australian reported earlier this week that travel site said it had noted a sharp decline in inquiries about Bali holidays.


Last weekend’s threatening words from Julie Bishop who said Australians would “register their deep disapproval (of the executions) including by making decisions about where they wished to holiday” seem to be holding true.

The move contrasts with the firm stance our Prime Minister is taking which has inspired another less merciful social media outpouring from Indonesians who believe that our Prime Minister should not be interfering with their internal affairs.

The hashtag “KoinuntukAustralia” (coins for Australia)  has been set in place against our Prime Minister by the Indonesians, with them offering to send back, coin by coin, the billion dollars worth of aid Australia sent to Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami.

Mr Abbott said, “let’s not forget that a few years ago when Indonesia was struck by the Indian Ocean tsunami, Australia sent $1 billion worth of assistance, we sent a significant contingent of our armed forces to help in Indonesia with humanitarian relief and Australians lost their lives in that campaign to help Indonesia.”

The direct interconnection of the money offered generously for between tsunami relief and lack of clemency for pending executions have Indonesians shaking their heads.

In the Australian, our Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir is reported as saying, “There’s a saying in Indonesia, orang Akan terlihat warns sebenarnya (a person is seen by his actual colour).  So I hope the statement made doesn’t show the true colour of Australians.”


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I have never wanted to visit Bali but this would not stop me visiting if I wanted to as it’s not the Indonesian people doing this, it’s their government – and lets face it, these guys did break the law over there (and here!).

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    • Sure they did. The argument is that they are serving their time, and are now working hard in their prison environment. The death penalty is barbaric – and has been proven not to make any difference. These young guys just as easily could have been yours or mine family members. Would you still feel the same way?

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    • I don’t happen to agree with the death penalty but you do have to live by the rules of the country you are in. My point was about the ‘should people boycott Bali’ – I don’t think they should.

  2. Stupid..stupid abbott.
    Commensence should have told him to not go there with that.. it is now a save face thing with the indonesians.
    Stupid..stupid abbott.

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    • Stupid stupid Dianma , get your facts syraight it is the Ausie leftist journos who have got tjeir nickers in a twist. The Indos have just picked up on their harping
      We have nothig to be ashamed about our PM saying it as it is. We need to stop grovelling to these poeple

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    • If the Abbott Government put in more energy in running our country and less in defending these drug mules, not the first time and money earnt was tax free and a further burden on our hospital system…Many states in USA have the death penalty and we are not complaining…THIS IS NOT A VOTE WINNER..

  3. I don’t like the death penalty yes they might be reformed but if they hadn’t been caught they would still be doing it they knew the punishment for doing the crime

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    • Mike here-agred with most of your post Carol but I think the death penalty is a worthy punishment especially with all the money spent by the Indonesian gov on advertising it at the airport…

    • The death penalty dose not work. In such a corrupt place where in places the police themselves are involved in distributing the drugs and setting people up, drugs in this and every country will always be there. And no one can say for sure that any of them would have done this again. Their current punishment is more than enough!

    • I agree if they didn’t get caught they would still be doing it and how many times did they do it before they get caught but I don’t agree with the death penalty but can’t help but wonder how many people would have died from overdosing

    • Bullshit they would still be doing they are only remorseful because they got caught. I work with kids and I know the dangers of drugs so just shoot them all they are the scum of the earth. That is drug dealers

    • Nobody can say they’d still be doing it. Nobody has a magic mirror. Just because they spent a lot of money at the airport on advertising June dose not make it a good reason to murder them. The Indonesian government is spending millions and putting diplomatic pressure on other countries to get their own citizens of death row for the same crime. This I find very hypocritical. It’s not only these two that are facing the firing squad one of the men with them as a severe mental illness and has no idea what’s going on. #istandformercy

    • of course they would still be doing it, they were doing it long before, they are not being murdered they are being executed wording is the key, they knew the penalty if caught live with it, as the victims they helped supply drugs die every day

    • I’m with you Darrin, they knew what Indonesia’s laws are regarding drugs, is there a person that doesn’t? Their penalties have been the same for the last 30years that I know about. No surprises here!!!!

    • @ Alana Heuston Fowler, this was their FOURTH drug run from Bali to Australia. You can count on it that if they had not been caught they would have gone back to do it again and again until they were caught.

    • It’s not murder, it is the legal punishment of that country ………….they knew the risk and it wasn’t their first time……threatening a boycott of Bali is ridiculous…..that’s just a form of blackmail….and rather childish. Asking for clemency is the only option. It’s very sad for their families but they broke Indonesian law they must suffer Indonesian punishment.

  4. These people know that to take drugs into Bali is a death sentence. You do the crime, you do the time. I am not for clemency as this is their own fault and their punishment. No-one here would like another country trying to tell us how to run our country.

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    • They didn’t take the drugs into Indonesia. They got the drugs there and were going to bring them back for sale in Australia.

    • The Bali Nine were taking drugs OUT of Bali and the Indonesians were tipped off by our Federal Police. Better that they were caught here than over there.

    • If they got caught here, though, John, they would have been given a much lighter sentence and when they got out they would probably be back doing the same thing.

    • Agree with Helen Joan Harmon. If they got caught here they would have been in, out and doing it again

    • John Helen & Joy very intelligent voices.If our innocent diggers died for no crime then just get it over and get back to very serious issues

    • Get your facts straight. AFP new that they where taking drugs out of Bali and do bed them in. AFP should’ve got them this end but it was all to hard for them

    • They are prepared to ” do the time ” as you so kindly put it ,but they are going to be murdered in cold blood ! Where is your humanity ?

    • Yes so true 10 year In that place would be hard time you might have heart if it was your son and nobody’s saying don’t do time but to shoot them in that county where all they have is crime and drugs maybe we need to get of high ground and just have heart , but they say they ask other counties not to kill there own people l so agree with Robyn where is humanity

    • Taking drugs into or out of….same diff. They knew what they were doing and those drugs were coming here to kill our kids. How would you feel if your 10 year old came home from primary school with a stash that some lowlife had given or sold to them? Where is the humanity in that? Drugs are drugs and Indonesia has no tolerance for them. Their law is their own decision and we have no right to question it.

    • Stacey Rose, it seems to me that everyone coming to live in Australia is telling us what to do and trying to change our customs!! What I wonder about the Bali 9 is why did the Feds tip off the Indonesians anyway, why didn’t they just grab them when they landed here? Then we wouldn’t need to go through all this, it doesnt make sense really.

    • We should all speak out for not condoning the death penalty under any circumstances. Just because they still have this penalty does not make it right. We live in a country that abolished the death penalty we do not condone any member of our society to murder why is it ok for a government to do it. I find this argument that the knew the punishment very hypocritical. A lot of people were so critical of glen McGraw without any education on the process in Africa but are happy to go along with a country that has these antiquated and barbaric penalties without speaking out. My rant for the day

    • @ Kathleen Ambrosio – they did the crime in Bali so why shouldn’t they have been stopped there? Yes, AFP did know about what they were doing and yes, they did report them to Indonesian officials. If they hadn’t, the AFP would virtually have been aiding and abetting them in the commission of a criminal offence. It might be news to you but that is against the law.

    • @ Karen Andrews we don’t have the death penalty (sometimes I wish we did) but the fact of the matter is the crime was committed in Indonesia and they DO have the death penalty and it is made well known that the death penalty applies for drug smuggling offences. We don’t like other countries trying to tell us what to do so what right do we have to enforce our opinions on other countries?

    • By Indonesia’s standards it’s ok to blow up a night club, killing and injuring many. Seems like one law for them and another for non Indonesians.

  5. I’ve been to Bali and other parts of Indonesia a long time ago, and have no longing to return. The place is lousy with graft and shonky dealing officials who would sell their grandmothers if the price was right. There are much nicer places to go in the East, and this comment is not brought on by the Indonesian Govt’s treatment of a couple of scum drug runners from Australia.

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    • I went to Bali 20 years ago and didn’t particularly like it so haven’t been back – nothing to do with their policy on drugs. I very much doubt that many will boycott the place if they like it. People didn’t stop going in any great numbers after the Bali bombing so why would they now?

    • Yes Wendy and Rosemary, Bali was a dump when I was there nearly 40 years ago (I doubt it’s changed much). People should have stopped going there after the bombings, but no, IT’S CHEAP.

    • I’m on a cruise next year which stops at Lombok, I’m not even getting off the ship. No desire to set foot in the dump

    • Actually, Mary McIntosh, that is a shame, because Lombok is probably the most beautiful of the whole damn country. Or it was 40 years ago when I went there. Mind you, there was hardly anything there then, definitely ‘off the beaten track’, and nothing like the rest of Indonesia, like a breath of fresh air, really. Would have changed majorly since then of course. Again, it is a personal choice, and whatever you decide is right. Have a great cruise! 🙂

    • I lived in 3 areas of Indonesia for close to 5 years, (’92-’97) visited Bali a few times, I have never wanted to return to Indonesia and can’t imagine I ever would. I will be very surprised if these young men have the death penalty reversed, as Indonesia does not like to be contradicted or disagreed with in any way. I do believe that you must obey the laws of any country you are in, and these two deserved punishment but if Indonesia believes that too, and are convinced the death penalty is fair then they should not be asking for clemency for their own people in other countries. Besides, would it not be sensible, if these young Australians are now helping to rehabilitate others, to keep them alive and use them to assist in trying to cut down drug use and trade within Indonesia? You don’t have to cut off your nose to spite your face….even if its Australian! Oh, and Lindy Sparrow, there is corruption everywhere, Australia included, but it isn’t accepted as normal behaviour here, and Bali is just an amateur within Indonesia!!

    • I too have been to Bali 20 odd years ago and do not have any desire to go back either – i was young and a friend talked me into it (she loves the place) it was my first o/s trip so i thought i would give it a go- couldn’t believe how filthy it was and wasn’t game to eat the food in case of contamination etc like you don’t drink the water (or have ice in your drinks) – and the hagglers drove me insane!

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