JOURNALIST: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joins me now. Foreign Minister, good morning to you.
JULIE BISHOP: Good morning Lisa.
JOURNALIST: Can you give us an update on the latest information that you have on Jamie Murphy's situation?
JULIE BISHOP: Our Consul General in Bali has been in contact with the young man and we are arranging to visit him today, so our consular officials will be making arrangements to visit him. As your reporter said, under Indonesian law people can be held for three days while an investigation is taken out and then if they are considered a suspect they can be held for a further three days and then a decision is made whether to arrest or not. In the meantime our consular officials from Canberra have been in touch with his family in Perth and we're providing whatever advice and support that we're able to do these in circumstances.
JOURNALIST: Do you know what the parents’ reaction is to what is going on over there at the moment?
JULIE BISHOP: At this stage our consular officials are in contact with them, providing advice and support on matters like legal representation. But this is an opportunity for me to say again, that if you are travel overseas you have to remember that once you leave Australia, you leave the Australian legal system, you leave the support system here and you are subject to the laws of another country. And in the case of Indonesia, the laws can be very harsh for offences or activities in Australia that might seem minor. So it is a warning to all those who are going overseas on Schoolies Week and to their parents and friends that we are subject to the laws of another country when we visit those countries.
JOURNALIST: Are you comfortable with the rather aggressive way he was being handled by Bali police during his arrest.
JULIE BISHOP: I have witnessed this kind of behaviour before from the Indonesian police, and we've seen it in a number of circumstances. But, again, I say we're subject to their laws, to their system and the way they do things.
JOURNALIST: Alright. Well before you go, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has divided opinion with his comments partly playing our terror issues on the Lebanese immigration policies of the 1970s. Do you agree with his comments?
JULIE BISHOP: What he was seeking to say is that back then we didn't have the kind of services that we do today. Today we have significant services available for people who are coming to Australia to resettle here, but we also have significant security and health checks to ensure that people who do come to Australia can make a contribution to life here. I think that a lot has changed in the 30-odd, 40 years since the time that Peter Dutton was talking about, that we now have do have significant support for those who are seeking to make a life in Australia.
JOURNALIST: He might have been trying to say that but for a lot of people the words didn't really come out like that. Do you accept that his words would be hurtful for many people in the Lebanese community?
JULIE BISHOP: In fact he made it quite clear that he respects and appreciates the contribution that the Lebanese community make to Australia. He was talking about a very small cohort of young people in particular who have been caught up in terrorism related offences. But he made it quite clear that the Lebanese community, as with all ethnic communities, in our immigration system has worked well to integrate so many people into Australia. We're one of the most successful multicultural nations on earth I hope it remains that way.
JOURNALIST: Why do you think that Lebanese people are actually offended by his words?
JULIE BISHOP: I've not been contacted by anyone who is offended and I know Peter Dutton has gone out of his way to praise the contribution that Lebanese Muslims and the Lebanese community makes to Australia more generally. He was making a specific point about those who have been caught up in terror related offences.
JOURNALIST: Ok Foreign Minister, always good to have you on the program. Thanks for your time this morning.
JULIE BISHOP: Thanks Lisa.
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