Pell urges immigration policy review

The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, said yesterday that the case of an Australian woman who was wrongfully deported shows that the Federal Government's immigration policy is too tough.

The Cardinal's views are contained in an ABC News report, which says that Australian citizen Vivian Solon was located in a hospice in the Philippines last week by an Australian priest (pictured). She had spent the past four years there after being deported from Australia.

There has been much criticism of the Government's handling of the case and calls for Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone to resign.

Cardinal Pell said while he will not back those calls, it is time the Government reconsidered its position.

"I'm not interested in rolling heads but the policy is too tough," he said. "I feel that many aspects of it are no longer necessary.

"The flood of illegal immigrants has dried up and I would like to see the situation resolved as justly and speedily and quickly as possible."

Pell urges immigration policy review (ABC News 17/5/05)

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Call for Govt action on detainee mental health (CathNews 13/5/05)
Priest finds deported Australian in Philippines hospice (CathNews 12/5/05)

Strewth: Pell on punters (The Australian 18/5/05)
Request for help could have led to Alvarez (Sydney Morning Herald 18/5/05)
Philippines plea on Alvarez Solon was ignored (The Age 18/5/05)
Philippines' fury over Alvarez (The Australian 18/5/05)

18 May 2005