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Most Australians regard Bali as unsafe for holidays despite flocking there, according to new research done days after the death of a Queensland mother and daughter.

Pollsters UMR Research found 64 per cent of Australians surveyed considered Bali as "very unsafe" or "somewhat unsafe" and 70 per cent did not feel confident of proper medical attention if they became sick or injured there.

For legal problems, 79 per cent doubted they would get fair treatment from the police or judiciary.

WA made up a small proportion of respondents but all views were consistent, with 60 per cent of those from WA regarding Bali as unsafe and 70 per cent lacking confidence in its medical care.

Of the 500 people polled, only 21 per cent had been to Bali but 44 per cent of the WA respondents had.

The survey was between January 10 and 15, days after Queensland nurse Noelene Gay Bischoff, 54, and her daughter Yvana, 14, died on January 4 after falling ill less than a day into their holiday.

Ross Taylor, president of the Perth-based Indonesia Institute, said there had been "a cumulative effect" from a number of deaths and serious injuries involving West Australians in Bali.

Last year that included a rape, a woman drowning when swept into a stormwater drain and a teenager's fatal methanol poisoning.

"If you put all that together, my take would be that's probably what the polling would be reflecting," he said. "It's the cumulative effect. It really does get people thinking, 'Well, how safe is this?' "

Mr Taylor said that against that, Bali was still cheap for a holiday.

"You've got these countervailing pressures on people," he said.

"With that all in mind, what we're seeing now is it seems a little more in favour of the pocket than the heart, which means we're not seeing a big drop-off in numbers."

He said it was unfortunate but logical that incidents in Bali involving Australians had increased in the past 10 years because of a huge increase in visitors.

Nearly half a million West Australians - 429,000 - visited Bali last year, representing a fivefold increase over seven years.

The West Australian

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