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No sympathy for Renae Lawrence from Dutton

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Renae Lawrence (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has no sympathy for Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence as she prepares to return to Australia.

Lawrence is expected to be released from Indonesia's Bangli Prison on Wednesday and board a flight to Sydney after spending more than 13 years behind bars.

When she returns, the 41-year-old is facing two arrest warrants from NSW Police that have been outstanding since her Bali arrest in 2005.

Mr Dutton flatly rejected suggestions Lawrence should be shown leniency after serving her drug smuggling sentence.

"If you commit that offence, there is a heavy penalty to pay, and it doesn't give you credit when you get back to Australia," he told Sky News on Wednesday.

"If you've committed offences in our country, you need to face the justice system here."

One arrest warrant alleges Lawrence, a former panel beater, was involved in a high-speed chase in a stolen car.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller indicated a deal with her lawyers was more likely than handcuffs on the tarmac.

"From our perspective, we will make a time reasonable with her legal team to bring her in to have those warrants satisfied," he told reporters in Sydney.

Lawrence, the only woman in the failed 2005 plot to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin into Australia, is the first to be released from prison.

She was originally given a 20-year sentence but served 13 years and seven months after numerous reductions for good behaviour.

Mr Dutton said Lawrence and others in the Bali Nine crew had committed a serious crime.

"If you're in another country, people know the laws of the countries they're travelling to, particularly Indonesia," he said.

"Australians have been very aware of the very harsh penalties, and appropriately so."

The minister said he shares Indonesia's concerns about drug overdose deaths.

"The Indonesian government, like the Australian government, takes the issue very seriously," Mr Dutton said.

"If people are travelling they need to understand that there are serious penalties, particularly in southeast Asia, including the death penalty in some countries."

The governor of Bangli Prison, where Lawrence spent the final years of her sentence, said he was unsure exactly when the former Newcastle resident would be taken to the airport.

No commercial flights to Sydney are due to depart Denpasar airport until late evening.

That may mean Lawrence swaps jail for immigration detention before her overnight flight home.

Prison governor Made Suwendra praised her for being co-operative and quiet, and contributing to prison life in Bangli.

Lawrence informally farewelled Bangli inmates and guards on Monday.

Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed in 2015, Tan Duc Thahn Nguyen died of cancer in May this year, and five more men are serving life sentences.

© AAP 2018