Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Australia must take stronger stand against death penalty

The Age Editorial sets out the case for Australia doing more to protect its citizens.

By contrast, in the case of the Bali Nine, the AFP went out of its way to put Australian citizens in harm's way. I was sick to the stomach listening to the AFP officer (Mike Phelan) the other night on Australian Story mounting a defence of his action. This was a very cynical exercise that netted no longer term intelligence on the drug trade. However it did offer up Australians as 'sacrifices' in a sleazy bilateral deal that has all the hallmarks of certain 'operators' within this government. They will have Australian blood on their hands and their actions should be brought into a very public spotlight.

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