JOURNALIST: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joins us now. Minister, good morning to you.

JULIE BISHOP:  Good morning.

JOURNALIST:  Has the Government been in touch with this young man and his family?

JULIE BISHOP: Yes Kochie, our consular officials in Bali have been in contact with the young man and we are arranging to visit him today. Our consular officials in Canberra have also been in contact with his family in Perth. We are providing whatever consular support and advice we can, in terms of assisting with legal representation and whatever other assistance we can provide at this stage. You may well be aware that under Indonesian law, people can be held for up to three days, they can be detained for a further three days while investigations are carried out and then a decision is made whether to charge someone or not. I have to take this opportunity to remind young people in particular who are going overseas for Schoolies Week or trips after the end of school, to remember that they are subject to the laws of the country that they are visiting. When you leave Australia, you leave behind the Australian legal system, the Australian support system and you are subject to the laws of another country.

JOURNALIST: Yeah and some of those laws and the customs and cultures are very different to here, hard to get your head around for a young kid. A security guard was the one that dobbed him into the police so there is a real chain here that can be contaminated.

JULIE BISHOP: I won't go into the details of the case, I don’t want to say anything that compromises the investigation or is counterproductive in any way but I just reiterate that legal processes, judicial processes can be quite different in other countries and we know that in Indonesia that they are particularly tough on drugs and we have seen a number of circumstances in the past where Australians have been caught up in drug offences, in Bali in particular. So I do urge young people and their families to remember that once you leave Australia you are no longer subject to the Australian laws, you are subject to the laws of that other country.

JOURNALIST: Alright. Let's move on to Donald Trump now. Overnight he has released a video following through on his threat to dump the Trans Pacific Partnership, a sort of trade agreement amongst a whole bunch of Pacific countries, how detrimental is this decision for Australian industry?

JULIE BISHOP: Well in fact Kochie, we have a free trade agreement with the United States and we have free trade agreements with other countries within the Trans Pacific Partnership. We believe in the benefits of the Trans Pacific Partnership for Australian jobs and economic growth because we rely on exports, exporting goods and services overseas, for our economic growth. We also believe it is in the interests of the United States strategically and economically, but it is a matter for the new Administration under President-elect Trump. In the meantime, the Obama Administration is still in full executive and constitutional authority in the United States and they may well continue to push the TPP. But from our point of view, we will continue to pursue all the other trade options that there are, and the details of what the United States would do under a Trump Administration are yet to be clarified.

JOURNALIST: Ok, that is good that we have already got a free trade agreement with the United States so we are covered there. Just quickly, I know you love your cricket, the South African…don’t smile like that [laughter]… South African captain has been convicted of ball tampering. Would you consider including this as one of the conditions of getting a visa to Australia? Maybe cancelling a visa under the system... We reckon the penalty...

JULIE BISHOP: What kind of conviction is it?  Under what law?

JOURNALIST: Cheating! Cheating!

JULIE BISHOP:  Yeah but under what law?

JOURNALIST:  Cheating! We think a fine of just match payments is just wrong; it should be more serious than this. Will you take control the issue?

JULIE BISHOP: How about we make him play for the Australian team?

JOURNALIST:  Oh! [Laughter]

JOURNALIST: No, he is a cheater Minister! He is cheating! Sorry to interrupt.

JULIE BISHOP: I was trying to think of some punishment.

JOURNALIST:  [Laughter] Cancel his visa!

JOURNALIST:  Send him home! Send him home!

JOURNALIST:  That is punishment enough. Thank you for that.

JULIE BISHOP: My pleasure.

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