Gander-Smith is an avid self-promoter who appears regularly in the business pages offering advice to business and Australian citizens and talking up her business and sporting expertise.
Father Bower is bewildered by Transfield's reaction and believes it is an attempt to gag him.
"Well, there's billions of dollars at stake here. It's a very large contract of taxpayers' money being poured into the oppression of human beings, so whenever there's a lot of money involved, there's a lot at stake, and yes, that's what they would be trying to do."
Bishop Thompson has agreed to meet the Transfield Chairwoman and indicated that Father Bower has his full support, commenting:
"They are serious questions of our capacity to be both compassionate and responsive to the great need across our region. But, also, as we're seeing in Europe, the tidal wave of humanity fleeing the wars in which we are participating in, and I think we have a responsibility in our own country to be compassionate."