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Biloela Tamil family spared deportation, but remains in detention

A Tamil family seeking asylum in Australia will remain on Christmas Island, denied from returning to their Queensland country home of Biloela, after a Federal Court ruling today. Today the full Federal Court upheld a previous ruling relating to the immigration status of their youngest child – preventing the family being deported, but forcing them to remain on Christmas Island. ... Read More »

Tamil family who settled in Biloela have spent 1000 days in immigration detention

THE smiles and easy disposition of Nades, Priya, Kopika and Tharnicaa belie their broken-hearted predicament. The asylum-seeking Tamil family that settled in Biloela has now spent more than 1000 days in immigration detention, and face spending their third Christmas away from their adopted home in outback Queensland. “Where is our compassion, where Jesus is asking us to love our neighbours,” ... Read More »

Family friend of Biloela Tamils stuck on Christmas Island says mental health of two daughters at risk

Biloela Tamil family

A FRIEND of the Biloela Tamil family at the centre of a high-profile legal battle to stay in Australia says the mental health of the family’s two young children is deteriorating as wait on Christmas Island for a ruling. Nadesalingam Murugappan, known as Nades, and Kokilapathmapriya Nadesalingam, known as Priya, and their two Australian born daughters Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, ... Read More »

Reprieve for Tamil family, two-year-old daughter ‘not afforded procedural fairness’ in visa application

AFTER a partial victory in the Federal Court a Tamil mother has asked the government to give her family a normal life at home in the Queensland town of Biloela after two “depressing” years in detention. Priya Murugappan, her partner Nades and their Australian-born daughters Kopika, 4, and two-year-old Tharunicaa, remain on Christmas Island and could yet be deported to ... Read More »

Staying or going, a Tamil family becomes the face of Australia’s border policies in deportation dispute

THE plight of boat people being allowed to stay in Australia is being tested after a Tamil family from Biloela was granted a mid-air temporary reprieve from deportation. Mother Priya and her husband Nadesalingam and their two Australian-born children were removed from a plane taking them from Melbourne to Sri Lanka on August 30. A last-minute court injunction forced their flight to ... Read More »

Biloela battles for Sri Lankan family taken from their home to detention

Biloela protest

RESIDENTS of the Central Queensland town of Biloela have ramped up a campaign demanding the return of a local asylum-seeker family seized by Australian Border Force officials and placed in a Melbourne detention centre. In a dawn operation on March 5, Tamils Nadesalingam and Priya and their two Australian-born daughters were taken from their home. The couple were put into ... Read More »

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