Although the recent executions of Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia should have little effect on travel to Bali, there could be some impact, with 34% of Australians saying they are less likely to visit the destination over the issue.
That’s the finding of a poll of 1200 people conducted for the Lowy Institute for International Policy. The Newspoll suggests that while Australian holidaymakers are unlikely to boycott Bali, the outlook is still not all positive.
In a section of the poll designed to gauge the impact on travel and business, results indicate the executions will have little effect on most Australians’ travel plans, buying habits or business dealings with Indonesia.
When asked whether they would be more or less likely to “travel to Bali or anywhere else in Indonesia” or “buy Indonesian products”, substantial majorities of the population (63% and 71% respectively) said “it will make no difference”. Significantly, however, over one third of respondents (34%) said the executions would make them less likely to visit Bali. Just 2% said they would be more likely to visit.
The majority of Australians do not think that Australian companies should be less willing to do business with Indonesia following the executions: 76% say “it should make no difference”.
The poll also found that most Australians oppose the recall of the Australian ambassador to Indonesia in response to the executions of the pair.
The findings appear to indicate a gap between how the media and politicians feel about the matter, and how the average person in the street feels about it.
The poll shows that most Australians (71%) are against the death penalty for drug trafficking. But only a slight majority (51%) of poll respondents felt Australia should play an active role in pushing for the global abolition of the death penalty. A big chunk of those polled (45%) felt that Australia should not play such a role, indicating perhaps that Australians are not as opposed to the death penalty as some politicians would have us believe.
Written by Peter Needham