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Budgie Nine not so revealing with Oz media

AAP logoAAP 7/10/2016 Georgie Moore

Australia's so-called Budgie Nine press conference lasted precisely 39 seconds.

Only one of the men, Nick Kelly, spoke. He would not take questions.

Remorsefully, he urged other Aussies to respect local customs while travelling.

And then it was all over, with Mr Kelly shielding himself from the camera-crew onslaught while the group of four were led to a waiting van.

Others had already been whisked out of Sydney's International Airport, while another remained in Malaysia and one flew into Canberra.

Six days earlier, the well-to-do 20-somethings, including a policy adviser to Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, were in a much better mood, celebrating Australian Daniel Ricciardo's win at the grand prix in Malaysia.

They were so happy they couldn't keep their clothes on, stripping down to Malaysian flag-themed "budgie smugglers" while chanting "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi" and skolling beers from a shoe.

But Sunday's party ended abruptly when the nine were arrested for public indecency.

After four days behind bars, they were marched into a local court for a proverbial smack on the bum and released without a conviction.

Pleading "folly", the men insisted they too had a "similar fondness and respect" for their own flag.

"But due to our cultural differences, our display of respect and reverence to our national flag is perhaps quite different," their apology read.

It's unclear whether the men, some of whom are members of Sydney's exclusive Palm Beach Surf Club, will be sporting their "dick stickers" this summer.

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