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Catholic agencies call Govt detention measures politically motivated


Catholic organisations in Brisbane and Adelaide have called for a judicial enquiry, and for the release of some detainees into the community.

The Catholic Leader reports that Brisbane Archdiocese's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) believes issues surrounding the recent Villawood detention centre breakout in Sydney warrant a judicial enquiry into the Federal Government's detention centres policy and the management of them.

Emphasising the Church's responsibility to uphold the dignity of all people, CJPC executive officer Peter Arndt suggested the government's maintenance of its current detention policy is politically motivated.

He told the Leader: "It's clear many Australians support the policy and that quite a few want even harsher measures."

Meanwhile Adelaide's Centacare family services agency has condemned the delayed release of women and children from the Wommera Detention Centre also as politically motivated.

Director Dale West said he believes the Government is holding back until after the federal election because it does not want to be seen as "soft", after "smelling the political wind".

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Catholic Justice and Peace Commission
Centacare

SOURCE
Catholic Leader


3-Aug-01