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Her Say: Issue of the Week

Laura Peppas and Hayley O'Neill

In this new street series, we pick a hot topic of the week and ask for your thoughts…

This week we ask…

“Do you think Australia should ‘boycott Bali’ after the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran?” 


“I really don’t think it would be a good idea, mainly because of the friction between the countries.” Heather, 55, Toowoomba.  


“It’s a very contentious issue, I think we obviously appealed for clemency for so long for these men, but that sort of retribution, it doesn’t really serve anything. Overall I just think it’s a sad affair, but I feel we really tried hard as a country and as a government to seek that clemency.” Sarah, Red Hill.  


“I don’t feel I know enough about the issue – I feel that the media may be telling us one thing but the situation could be something else.” Victoria, 20, Ainslie. 

“I think at the end of the day, these men did what they did knowing full well what was going to happen. When you get caught and you get found guilty, you are subject to that country’s laws. Do I believe in capital punishment? Absolutely not. But at the end of the day, we can banter on about it as much as we like, but we’re in someone else’s country. Just like we don’t like someone else coming into our country telling us what we can or can’t do.” Anita, 45, Gungahlin (requested no photo shown). 

“I don’t think we should boycott Bali, only because I think the men knew the punishment before going over, they took that risk. Maybe they didn’t deserve that punishment, but the general public of Indonesia didn’t do anything wrong so don’t deserve us then punishing them.” Katie, 29, Queanbeyan (requested no photo shown). 

What do you think? We’d like to hear your thoughts too! If you have an opinion, leave your comment below and vote in our Her Say poll. 

Do you think Australia should 'boycott Bali' after the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran?

  • No, it is unnecessary. (69%, 22 Votes)
  • Yes, Indonesia needs to understand the consequences. (28%, 9 Votes)
  • Indifferent. (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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Photography by Hayley O’Neill. Feature image of woman with megaphone courtesy of Shutterstock. 


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author


Hayley O'Neill

Hayley O’Neill is a Canberra based fashion stylist and fashion editor for HerCanberra. Hayley works as a freelance stylist at Westfield Belconnen and Woden and began her career styling for The Work Diaries blog. Hayley has lots of experience dressing real people with every size, age, budget and body shape. More about the Author