Social justice nun seeks help for freed detainees
Acting head of the Catholic Social Justice Council Sr Suzette Clark said the Federal Government's plans to allow more women and children asylum seekers to live in the community rather than behind barbed wire in detention centres is "a step in the right direction but still only involved women and children".
After a barrage of international criticism, the Government has unveiled plans to allow more women and children asylum seekers to live in the community after a trial at Woomera proved a success. A UN report this month described Woomera, the most isolated of Australia's six refugee centres, as a "great human tragedy", and expressed concerns over the impact on women and children of being forced into prison-like conditions.
According to a Reuters report, Sr Clark is organising a campaign to ask Australia's 4.8 million Catholics to pledge money and housing for families in detention.
"There seems to be no reason why whole families who are deemed not to be a security risk can't be allowed to live outside these centres," she said.
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
22 Aug 2002