The parents of convicted Bali nine drug mule Scott Rush say Australia needs to reinforce its stance against capital punishment to avoid international confusion.
The 21-year-old from Queensland was arrested at Bali airport in 2005 with heroin strapped to his legs and was later sentenced to death.
A political row has emerged in Canberra with Labor Leader Kevin Rudd criticising his foreign affairs spokesman Robert McClelland for re-stating Labor’s opposition to the death penalty on the eve of the 2002 Bali bombings anniversary.
Rush’s mother Christine says she is concerned politicians are sending mixed messages and should take a lead role in abolishing capital punishment globally.
“When we’re doing our campaigning we have people say to us that Australia is against the death penalty,” she said.
“Obviously that’s not the case, because we do have six Australians on death row because of what has happened with our Australian authorities, so it’s very difficult to comprehend.”