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Catholic MPs' divided thoughts in election aftermath

Catholic members of parliament on both sides of politics remain divided about the election issues and other factors that resulted in the Coalition's re-election in Saturday's federal poll.

The Catholic Leader reports that Con Sciacca, who was Shadow Minister for Immigration under Kim Beazley, retained the Brisbane bayside seat of Bowman for Labor.

He said the 'Tampa' boat people incident and refugees were the main issue 'because the Government made sure they were'.

Queensland Liberal Senator John Herron, who was also re-elected, had a different view of the poll.

He believes its key issues were 'decisive, consistent leadership and stability on the one hand and the uncertainty of the alternative'.

National Party Member for Hinkler, Paul Neville, who on Tuesday believed that if he held his seat it could be by as few as 50 votes, said boat people had been an issue in his Bundaberg-centred electorate.

"There was certainly a great concern," he said. "People were saying we shouldn't turn boats away. But we can't have open borders and there is the matter of those who have waited and missed out because queue jumpers get in first."

Catholic Leader