By Petrina Berry
18 June 2011
AAP on The Brisbane Times
Prime Minister Julia Gillard hasn't ruled out appealing to Indonesia's president personally to have the death penalty against convicted Bali Nine ringleader Andrew Chan quashed.
Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected Chan's final appeal against the death penalty.
His only chance now is a plea for clemency to Indonesia's president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Ms Gillard, ahead of her address at an ALP conference in Brisbane, said Australia does not support the death penalty and the government will do whatever it can to help.
Asked if she will talk to the president herself, she said: "I'll be happy to do whatever is necessary to put as much force as we can into the appeal for clemency, including personally involving myself.
She said the government was supporting the family and Chan's lawyers.
Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd, also in Brisbane for the party's annual conference, said the government would stand by Chan.
"We will do what we have done with any other Australians who have been convicted of a capital offence and that is to use every form of representation to government concerned in support of that person," Mr Rudd said.