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Bishop of Canberra advocates for Tamils

October 27, 2009

Canberra Times – Bishop urges new focus on refugees

James Massola

The Catholic Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, Pat Power, says federal parliamentarians are losing compassion for asylum-seekers amid claims people in Indonesian immigration detention centres are being abused.

Bishop Power yesterday likened the Rudd Government’s deal with Indonesia to hold asylum-seekers to the Howard government’s ”Pacific solution”, saying it was a case of ”out of sight, out of mind”.

He was disappointed with the attitude of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Parliament, suggesting there seemed to be a blind spot when it came to Tamil asylum-seekers.

”The talk of border protection … to my mind that’s taking the focus off the people that are most needing help,” Bishop Power said. More

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