Debate needed on death penalty: Joyce

Posted on: April 7th, 2019 by
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Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has called for a national debate on the death penalty.


Mr Joyce said some members of the Australian public support capital punishment.

“I do get approached by people saying, `Well that might be your view, Barnaby, that you don’t support the death penalty, but it’s not our view’.”, he told ABC TV.

Mr Joyce declined to speculate on the likelihood that Indonesia might cut cattle quotas in retaliation of Australia withdrawing its ambassador following the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

It was a matter for the Indonesian government, he said.

Two way trade between Australia and Indonesia is worth $14.4 billion.

Cattle farmers are concerned their sector could be hit hard again after bouncing back from a 2011 live cattle export ban.

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association chief Tracey Hayes says Indonesia is one of the biggest markets for its live animal exports.

The group understood the difficult political situation and will be watching the government’s move intently.

“We understand the sensitivities involved and we’re respectful of that,” she told ABC radio.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary foreign affairs committee will seek a meeting with Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, upon his return to Canberra.

The Australian Federal Police’s role in tipping off their Indonesian counterparts to the Bali Nine drug ring is also likely to be re-examined at upcoming Senate estimates hearings after the May federal budget.

Government Whip Andrew Nikolic said police guidelines had been reviewed under the previous government.

“They’ve been applied consistently ever since,” he told ABC radio.

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