​Australia's churches have rounded on the Opposition and the Government for their ever-hardening policies on asylum-seekers.

The Uniting Church, the Baptists, and the Jesuit Refugee Service – a Catholic welfare and advocacy group – have all condemned the policies that will prevent asylum-seekers who reach Australia by boat from gaining permanent residency in Australia.

In recent days, the new Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, called for compassion towards asylum-seekers and the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, has lashed the Coalition for a policy "so appalling in its lack of compassion that we cannot remain silent".

Dr Freier discusses refugee rights with Andrew West on the ABC's Religion and Ethics Report.


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