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'Budgie Nine' arrive back in Australia

AAP logoAAP 7/10/2016

Eight members of the so-called Budgie Nine have arrived back in Australia and are asking for privacy after their Malaysian Grand Prix upset.

"We would like to take this opportunity to ask you to please be respectful of our families' privacy at this time," one of the men, Nick Kelly, told reporters at Sydney's international airport on Friday.

One of the eight flew into Canberra on Friday morning.

"We would like to thank our family for all they've done for us over the last couple of days," Mr Kelly said.

"We would like to urge all Australians travelling overseas in the future to be very aware of the cultural differences and sensitivities that exist in other nations."

A ninth man Jake Walker, staffer to Australia's Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, remained behind with his father John Walker in Kuala Lumpur while his friends left.

On Thursday, the group stood handcuffed in front of a judge at the Sepang Magistrates Court and apologised for their "folly".

The men, all aged in their 20s, were arrested for stripping off to their Malaysian-flag branded budgie smugglers at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The nine had spent four days locked up in a Malaysian prison facing potential charges of public indecency.

They later pleaded guilty to being a public nuisance.

The group also included Branden Stobbs, Edward Leaney, Thomas Laslett, Adam Pasfield, Timothy Yates, Thomas Whitworth and James Paver, who returned to Canberra.

Having pleaded guilty, all nine were cautioned and released without conviction.

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Malaysian authorities had been "very lenient" and the men had been "very repentant".

The prime minister will be talking to Mr Pyne when he returns from overseas about Mr Walker's future as a ministerial adviser.

"He needs to have a very hard look at himself and I'm sure will be considering his future carefully," Mr Turnbull told Adelaide radio.

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