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They don’t deserve to die

Tony Abbott said he had made good on his "core commitments".
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stepped up calls for Indonesia to show mercy to the two Australians facing execution in Bali for drug smuggling.

Indonesian prison and security authorities were set to make preparations yesterday for the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, but the meeting did not go ahead.

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Mr Abbott has again urged for clemency for the pair, saying Australia expects Indonesia to respond to its request the same way Indonesia expects other countries to respond to its own requests.

Australia has been reluctant to recall its Ambassador because it wants the keep communication channels open.

But Mr Abbott said the Government would find ways of making its displeasure known if the executions go ahead.

He also warned that Australians would be angry considering the aid money given to Indonesia following the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004.

Permission was granted on Thursday for Chan and Sukumaran to be transferred from Kerobokan prison in preparation for the executions, but on Saturday the Australian lawyer for the pair said he had no information about the transfer.

“There’s been a lot of talk in the media about whether they have to move or not. I have no knowledge of that,” Julian McMahon said from outside Kerobokan.

“In the meantime, we have filed our court hearing in Jakarta in the Administrative Court and we expect that case to follow the usual course, so that is what our focus is on at the moment.”

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The Prime Minister’s comments follow Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s suggestion that Australian holidaymakers could boycott Bali.

“I’ve been overwhelmed with emails and text messages. I know that people have been staging vigils and rallies,” she told Fairfax Radio on Friday.

“I hope that the Indonesian government doesn’t underestimate the Australian public’s opinion on this.”

Ms Bishop and her opposition counterpart Tanya Plibersek both made impassioned pleas for Chan and Sukumaran’s lives in Parliament on Thursday.

Ms Bishop told Parliament that Australia’s efforts to seek a reprieve for Bali Nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were no different to Indonesia’s attempts to save the lives of its own citizens sentenced to death in overseas courts.

Ms Plibersek, the deputy Labor leader, drew on her personal experiences to bolster Australia’s argument against their execution.

Her speech touched on the death of her brother in Papua New Guinea in 1997 and her husband Michael Coutts-Trotter’s rehabilitation after he served time in jail for drug dealing.