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Catholic lobby group says asylum seeker policy impasse demands summit

Australia's Asylum Seeker Policy has reached an all-time new low with the Federal Government's decision to use force to remove asylum seekers from the HMAS Manoora off Nauru, the Australian Political Ministry (PolMin) said yesterday.

"Public policy that upholds the Common Good does not require the use of force to ensure compliance," the group said in a statement. "However, the fact that the Government now needs to use force to ensure compliance with recent changes to Australia's Asylum Seeker Policy simply means recent changes enacted by Parliament last night are not in the Common Good."

PolMin said the used of armed force undermines the dignity and worth of human persons.

"PolMin calls on the Government and Parliament as a whole to convene as a matter of urgency an Asylum Seeker Policy Summit where all interested parties can come together in a spirit of goodwill and resolve the impasse," the group said.

PolMin was recently established to foster social change by influencing public policy in accordance with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.