Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has made an eleventh-hour bid to save the Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran from the firing squad.
Ms Bishop had proposed to repatriate three convicted Indonesian drug criminals in return for the lives of the two men.
It is understood Indonesia did not accept the offer during a tense phone call on Tuesday between Ms Bishop and her Indonesian counterpart.
Speaking at a vigil for the Bali Nine duo outside Canberra’s Parliament House this morning, Ms Bishop again asked Indonesia to show mercy to the two men.
“We ask the Indonesian government, indeed we appeal to the Indonesian president to grant a stay of clemency,” she said.
“First, there are still legal avenues open to the men and an appeal is being sought before the state administrative court.
“Secondly, there are allegations being considered by their judicial commission regarding bribery charges arising from the original trial.
“But most importantly the concepts of mercy and forgiveness have as big a place in Indonesian law as they do in Australian law.
“And we ask that their remorse be taken into account.”
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Chan and Sukumaran’s rehabilitation had made them valuable to Indonesia.
“These men have become crime fighters and they are assets to Indonesia. And when you have an asset you don’t destroy it,” Mr Abbott said.
Earlier, Indonesian president Joko Widodo said he had a constitutional responsibility to follow through with the executions.
“I as the President have to follow the constitution which still allows executions. And their verdicts have already been decided by the court,” Mr Widodo told Al Jazeera.