A LARGE banner in St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, about making
refugees "fully welcome", will stay in place until Australia's
"inhumane and demeaning" asylum-seeker policies are changed, the
Dean, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, has said.
The seven-metre-high banner was hung from the south-west spire
last August, in conjunction with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, an
Anglican agency. Dr Loewe said that it was designed to challenge
Speaking after recent claims that the Australian Navy had placed
asylum-seekers in a lifeboat and instructed them to return to
Indonesia, Dr Loewe said that future Australian generations would
"judge this policy for what it is: inhumane to those seeking our
protection, and demeaning to Australia as a nation". God would also
judge it, he said.