Singapore's most senior official in Australia has accepted "with both hands" a petition from parliamentarians pleading with his government to save the life of an Australian man on death row.
Government and opposition MPs on Tuesday presented Singapore High Commissioner Joseph Koh with petitions from more than 100 parliamentarians and 300 parliamentary staff calling for the life of 25-year-old Melbourne man Nguyen Tuong Van to be spared.
Nguyen was caught trafficking heroin in 2002 and faces execution in Singapore, possibly as early as November 11, after losing a clemency appeal last month.
Liberal MP Bruce Baird and Labor MP Laurie Ferguson, both members of the Amnesty International Australia parliamentary group, took the petitions to the Singapore High Commission and met Mr Koh.
"We emphasised the case of Mr Van Nguyen himself, just saying a young guy, first time overseas, who did a foolish thing that should not be punished in terms of the death penalty," Mr Baird told reporters outside the commission in Canberra.
"We asked him to think of the boy's mother and the family and the impact it would have.
"We emphasised also that the representation was bi-partisan representation - over 400 signatures and more would be coming through to them.
"He certainly indicated that he took its significance on board and he could understand why we felt that way and he said 'I take the petition with both hands'."
On Monday in parliament, both sides of politics united to support a motion put by Opposition Leader Kim Beazley asking the Singapore government to spare Nguyen's life.
Mr Koh also met Nguyen's lawyer, Lex Lasry, QC, on Monday.
Mr Baird maintains there is still hope for Nguyen.
"There's always hope," he said.