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Australia makes daily representations to Indonesia to save 2 drug traffickers from death row

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says her government is continuing to make high-level representations to Indonesia to spare the lives of two Australian drug traffickers on death row despite the Indonesian president rejecting their requests for clemency.

Bishop told Nine Network television on Tuesday that Prime Minister Tony Abbott was also making representations to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to save Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

She says she spoke on Monday night to the pair's devastated families who were in Indonesia pleading for their lives.

Sukumaran and Chan learned last week that their applications for judicial reviews of their death sentences have been rejected.

Indonesia said last week it was preparing to execute by firing squad eight drug smugglers, including the two Australians.