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Stick to bottled beer in Bali: Carr
The West Australian

Australians should stick to bottled beer in Bali and avoid "low-end" bars if they want to limit their chances of exposure to deadly bootleg liquor, says Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr.

He insisted again that the Federal Government had asked Indonesian police to investigate the poisoning of Liam Davies and warned the reputation of Bali's vital tourist industry could hang on the response.

Senator Carr said that if there was evidence the bar in question had been serving spiked or laced drinks, it should be shut.

It is understood Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials are trying to help two friends of Mr Davies who were with him when he consumed a drink laced with methanol to get to Lombok so they can make a police complaint about the bar.

Australian diplomats plan to attend the police interview to help with language and cultural issues.

Senator Carr said Australians in Bali should avoid alcoholic drinks that were not bottled.

"For a young person, you don't drink in low-end bars and you avoid mixed drinks," he said. "Stick with what seem to be safe drinks like bottled beer."

Senator Carr said Canberra could not enforce Australian laws in a foreign country.

"I think the Indonesians will be co-operative, they have got a viable tourist industry," he said.

Premier Colin Barnett warned yesterday countries such as Indonesia did not have the rules and regulations and inspections of food and beverage outlets as in Australia.

"It is a responsibility of the Australian Government to pursue this diplomatically with the Indonesian Government," he said.