Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Dr Catt Tells Pollies to Watch Their Language

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Dr Catt Tells Pollies to Watch Their Language

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A SENIOR Anglican figure has accused Australian politicians of wielding words like weapons in the asylum-seeker debate.

The Very Revered Dr Peter Catt, a member of the recently-formed National Council of Churches of Australia asylum-seeker taskforce and former Dean of Grafton, accused opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison of apure fear-mongeringa after he demanded a range of abehavioural protocolsa for asylum seekers.

Mr Morrison caused a furore earlier in the week when, among a raft of measures, he called for residents to be notified when an asylum seeker on a bridging visa moved into the neighbourhood.

On Friday, Fairfax revealed people on bridging visas were 45 times less likely to be charged with a crime than members of the general public.

But Opposition Leader Tony Abbott defended Mr Morrison, saying asylum seekers who tried to get here by boat did so aillegallya.

Dr Catt said words like aillegala and queue jumpera to describe asylum seekers had a dehumanising effect. …

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