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St Ann’s parishioners Michael and Pamela Lawless have written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to express their concern at the Immigration Minister’s treatment of refugees.

The couple also enclosed copies of two recent editions of The Southern Cross highlighting the plight of asylum seekers on bridging visas and in detention.

In the letter, Michael and Pamela urged the Prime Minister to allow his wife to read the newspapers and ask her for her response as a “compassionate Christian to the appalling treatment of fellow human beings by your Minister Peter Dutton”.

“Although we voted for you at the last election we were devastated by your decision to reappoint him to his previous position,” they wrote.

“Surely the first quality needed for such a Minister is compassion (ie love with understanding) and a warm, gentle heart. It would be a rare person who would nominate these qualities for him. But we’ll leave further judgement to God, and will continue to pray for him.

“We know you are profoundly busy but would you consider replacing him with a warm, understanding compassionate woman from your party.

“We came to Australia in 1958 believing it to be a caring society but have recently been horrified by the anti-Christian behavior of so many governments.

“We hope that you will be able to influence members of your Government by your own Christian convictions.

“May God bless you and all your Government.”

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