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Help bring the Biloela Family home

June 08, 2021

Like many Australians, Labor has long advocated that the Murugappan family be allowed to go home to Biloela, a town that loves them and wants them back.

The Biloela family – Priya, Nades, and their two Australian born daughters Kopika and Tharunicaa – were taken from their home in Biloela more than four years ago and placed in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

In 2020, the federal court found that the Morrison Government had denied Tharunicaa procedural fairness in having her claim for protection assessed.

In June 2021, Tharunicaa fell seriously ill in immigration detention on Christmas Island with pneumonia and sepsis. The entire family was then transferred to Perth while Tharunicaa received medical treatment.

In bitter-sweet news, the Minister for Immigration provided Nades, Priya and Kopika a twelve-month bridging visa, but provided no bridging visa to Tharunicaa.

This means this little girl, born in Australia, remains in immigration detention in the community.

The family is still stuck in Perth and can’t return to Biloela – a community that loves and wants them home. To date they have no certainty over their long term future.

We must keep the pressure on the Morrison Government that Australians want this family to return home to Biloela. Will you sign our petition calling on Scott Morrison to let them return home to Biloela?

You can sign Labor's petition by clicking here.  

My appearance on Sky News advocating for the family's return to Biloela

A BETTER FUTURE