Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is seeking advice on the possibility of banning professional sporting tours to North Korea in protest at the rogue state's nuclear brinksmanship and human rights abuses.
"It's time to take a stand," Mr Downer said. "If there's one thing tyrants can't afford to ignore it is futile, symbolic protests."
Mr Downer said that while such drastic action was unfortunate, it was also necessary.
"Kim, or Julie, or whatever the North Korean dictator's girly name is, is a menace to his own people and to the world at large. Perhaps when he realises that the Australian under-19s ping pong tour scheduled for later this year won't be going ahead, he will come to his senses and we will see the emergence of a democratic North Korea."