Time for national discussion on Foreign Death Penalty Offences: Cathy McGowan AO
Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, will support the Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, presenting a Bill relating to Foreign Death Penalty Offences when Parliament resumes.
The execution of Australian citizens Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia last night prompted Ms McGowan to support Mr Palmer’s Bill.
“I have deep sympathy for the families and friends of the two men and our thoughts are with them. This issue has caused distress in communities across Australia,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan believes the Federal Government will respond in a measured and sensible way.
“I have great confidence in the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and how she will handle this situation, balancing the interests of the nation while acknowledging the distress and concern felt at this time,” she said.
Ms McGowan will second the Private Members’ Bill – Foreign Death Penalty Offences (Preventing Information Disclosure) Bill 2015 when it is presented by Mr Palmer.
“I believe the Parliament needs to discuss the scope and limitations of cooperation between Australia and countries that impose the death penalty. I am supporting this Bill because the Foreign Death Penalty Offences has significant repercussions for Australia and our citizens travelling overseas,” she said.