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Friends of Biloela family ‘can’t stop fighting’ against deportation

Ray Hadley & Scott Emerson
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Another avenue for a Sri Lankan refugee family to return to Biloela has closed after the High Court refused a special leave request for their youngest daughter to apply for a protection visa. 

The Murugappan family claims their lives will be under threat by the Sri Lankan government if they are deported due to their pro-Tamil Tiger stance.

“They have been knocked back at every opportunity,” Ray Hadley said.

“The family came here illegally without the children.

“They were told when they had children … that would make no difference, because those children had no right to Australian citizenship.”

The family has since released a video message pleading with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to allow them to return to their regional Queensland home.

They remain in community detention in Perth after the youngest daughter, Tharnicaa, became ill on Christmas Island.

Mr Hawke has responded to the ruling in a statement.

Today the High Court declined to grant the Sri Lankan family formerly resident on Christmas Island special leave to appeal.

“I note the High Court’s decision follows a serious of previous decisions by the Department of Home Affairs, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court, Full Federal Court, and High Court in relation to the family. 

“The family has a number of ongoing legal matters. It is therefore inappropriate for me to comment further.” 

Press PLAY below to hear Ray Hadley’s response to the news 

Friend of the Murugappans, Bronwyn, told Scott Emerson “the Minister has more power for our family than the courts”.

“That power that was placed in that Minister’s position was really placed there for cases exactly like this.

“Because laws are black and white but life is rarely black and white.”

Bronwyn said the family should not accept deportation to Sri Lanka due to the perceived safety threat.

“For us as their friends, we simply can’t stop fighting for them, because we know what’s going to happen to them if we do.”

Press PLAY below to hear Bronwyn’s impassioned defence of the Murugappans


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