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Australia’s Catholic bishops have called for respect and understanding in the federal election campaign, reminding Australians they all have a part to play in combating “crude tribalism” and promoting peaceful public debate. Politics in service of peace has a focus on those who are poor and vulnerable, including asylum seekers, and those who would benefit from our overseas aid program.
Indigenous Australians, those on the Newstart Allowance and asylum-seekers are among the groups of people Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) wants to be front and centre in the federal election campaign. Read CSSA's Federal Election Statement, here.
The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum has released a federal election statement that calls for all sides of politics to commit to “language and policies that reflect a compassionate and humane Australian society”.
 
A report released on 10 May by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that the number of young people in detention in Victoria has increased by 36 per cent over the past five years, from an average of 148 people per day in 2013/14 to an average of 202 people per day in 2017/18. This is despite the number of young people committing offences in Victoria having dropped for the fifth consecutive year.
 

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