THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
MESSAGE IN SUPPORT OF THE MERCY CAMPAIGN
SUNDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2015
I commend the tireless work of the Mercy Campaign in support of clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Your petition of more than 150,000 signatures shows that Australians stand with you, shoulder to shoulder.
These two young men have done the wrong thing. They have broken the law, and deserve to be punished.
But the Opposition is united with the Government in urging mercy for Andrew and Myuran.
We oppose the death penalty, for every offence, for everyone, everywhere.
Andrew and Myuran have demonstrated genuine remorse. Over many years they have made enormous efforts to rehabilitate themselves, and to help reform other prisoners. They deserve an opportunity to continue repaying their debt to society.
Indonesia pleads mercy for many of its own citizens on death row overseas. Australia only pleads the same.
Our thoughts are with Andrew, Myuran, their families, and friends.
While there is life there is hope. We will not give up.