Australia has strongly legislated against capital punishment in all State and Federal jurisdictions.
Yet politician after politician has expressed satisfaction over the impending execution of the Bali bombers. This culminated in our Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, when asked to comment about the impending execution of the Bali bombers, to state that they "deserve the justice that will be delivered to them".
Even more extraordinarily, the Governor General Robert McClelland, when asked whether he was disappointed with Mr. Rudd's comments, is quoted in The Age as saying "We will be advocates in respect to those Australians who are sentenced to capital punishment. We won't be advocates in respect to other individuals."
So what is to be - no capital punishment for Australians anywhere but we are happy for foreigners to be executed? Or should Australia lead the debate against capital punishment in Asia?