Thursday, January 03, 2008

What is our stance on capital punishment?

Barney Zwartz has an article in today's Age about how the Catholic Church is asking Kevin Rudd to appeal for the Indonesian government to spare the lives of the Bali bombers:

The church's move comes after Labor's election campaign altercation on the issue, when Mr Rudd publicly rebuked his then foreign affairs spokesman, Robert McClelland, for saying the Bali bombers should not die — a statement consistent with Labor's long-standing opposition to the death penalty.
At the time, Mr Rudd accused Mr McClelland of insensitivity for flagging a regional campaign against the death penalty just before the fifth anniversary of the 2002 Bali attack.
Weeks later, Mr Rudd's new Government voted at the United Nations for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty.
Last night a spokesman for Mr Rudd said he stood by his October 9 statement that he would never intervene to save a terrorist's life.
('Spare the Bali bombers, says Catholic Church')
I am going to send Kevin Rudd a letter asking him to appeal for the lives of the Bali bombers. If you would like to write to him, you can do that here.

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