08 Feb 2016

Support for asylum seekers

Media Release – Monday February 8, 2016

Catholic Church applauds Premier's support for asylum seeker families

The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide has welcomed the South Australian Premier’s call for the State to offer a home to asylum seeker families facing deportation to Nauru.

“We wholeheartedly support Mr Weatherill’s letter to Prime Minister Turnbull raising concerns for the welfare of children and their parents if they are returned to Nauru,” Adelaide Vicar General Father Philip Marshall said today.

“We believe South Australians will be heartened by his request that the Federal Government allow these children and their families to call South Australia home.

“The safety and wellbeing of traumatised and vulnerable people, including 37 babies and 54 children, cannot be put in jeopardy because of a legal technicality upholding the validity of offshore detention centres.”

Fr Marshall said the Catholic community stood ready to provide whatever assistance it could to help the State Government resettle asylum seeker families.

“Through our schools, parishes, health and welfare agencies, we are well-placed to support these people in many different ways,” he said.

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