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Niamh Finneran Loader: UWA student dead in Bali after dental treatment

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A university student who was on the brink on embarking on a prestigious scholarship in the US has died under circumstances which are still unclear while visiting Bali.

Niamh Finneran Loader, from Perth, died on the Indonesian island in early December after flying there for dental treatment.

She has been remembered as “cheeky,” with a “sharp wit,” and an “impressive critical thinker”.

Ms Loader was reportedly “very happy” with the treatment, her father Malcolm Loader told newspaper the West Australian.

It has not yet been confirmed how Ms Loader died. Adding to the confusion is why it took Indonesian authorities a fortnight to perform an autopsy, with the results still not detailed.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) masters student’s family are in Bali preparing to bring Ms Loader’s body home.

“DFAT is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Bali,” a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman told the West Australian.

Ms Loader travelled to Bali for medical treatment earlier this month which was, apparently, successful.

“She was here to have minor dental treatment and was very happy with the results,” Mr Loader said.

“We have no idea (what the cause of her death was) at this stage.”

The UWA international relations and national security student was due to head to the US in February for an intern scholarship from the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation.

As well as her academic work, Ms Loader was a columnist for the Australian edition of UK based conservative magazine The Spectator.

Her last opinion piece, on climate change, was published after her death.

Fellow commentator Mark Burgess praised Ms Loader in a piece for The Spectator.

“I will remember Niamh for her cheeky Irish sense of humour and sharp wit, coupled with a strong intellect, which facilitated enjoyable philosophical discussions,” he wrote.

“Never explicitly political, Niamh called a spade a spade.

“She was an impressively critical thinker and ultimately wanted the truth to prevail above all else,” Mr Burgess wrote.

“Most of all, she was a friendly individual who was a pleasure to be around.”

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