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Refugee policy a ‘campaign of cruelty’: Bishop Saunders

Policy labelled cruel

The Australian government is conducting a campaign of cruelty towards asylum seekers, according to the Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Bishop Christopher Saunders.



‘The government’s campaign, like that of its predecessors, has only one purpose: to deter desperate men, women and children from seeking protection from persecution
and danger,' Bishop Saunders said.

‘The government claims that it is fighting a war,' Bishop Saunders said. ‘If it is a war, then it is being fought against wretched and defenceless people. We are ignoring the most important issue: the millions of people in our region and around the world who need protection and security.

‘The only hope for a solution to the refugee problem is international cooperation,' Bishop Saunders said.  ‘Australia’s policies are undermining and destroying that hope by angering the very nations we need to work with.

‘It seems that friendly relationships with our neighbours are becoming collateral damage in pursuit of an aggressive and callous policy’, Bishop Saunders continued. ‘Can we be surprised if Indonesia is offended when Australian naval ships stray into its waters, or when we ignore its protests and force boats to turn back to their sovereign territory?’

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Refugee policy a ‘campaign of cruelty’: Bishop Saunders