The Biloela family has been granted temporary ‘bridging visas’ by the Immigration Minister that will allow them to work and study in Perth.
WATCH: The asylum seeker family held on Christmas Island for two years has gone on its first outing in Perth, with advocates hopeful restored Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce will fight for them again.
Asylum seeker Priya Murugappan has released a video thanking Australians for their ‘support’ while her child is treated at Perth Children’s Hospital.
This is the heartwarming first photo of the Biloela family of Tamil asylum seekers after they were reunited in Perth.
Former Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce has backed calls for the Biloela family to be resettled in Queensland, despite the Government standing firm on its position not to.
The plight of the Murugappan family, whose home in the Queensland town of Biloela was raided by immigration authorities in 2018, has captured the heart of the nation.
Hundreds of supporters descended on Perth Children’s Hospital last night calling for the resettlement of a Biloela family facing a return to detention on Christmas Island.
The Biloela family may be resettled after their daughter Tharnicaa was transferred from Christmas Island to Perth with what supporters say is a blood infection resulting from ‘untreated pneumonia’.
Sarah Ison and Charlotte Elton
An Australian-born three-year-old girl, who was being held in immigration detention on Christmas Island, has been medically evacuated to a Perth hospital.
The Howard Government rejected legal warnings and forged ahead with strict measures to combat riots in immigration detention centres amid an explosion of unauthorised boat arrivals in 2000.
Migrants will be taught about marriage equality and quizzed on whether people are free to choose who they wed in Australia under the new citizenship test from the Federal Government.
The West Australian has been told that the facility — which has been empty since February and was initially used as a quarantine facility — will begin taking asylum seekers as early as this month.
Convicted New Zealanders stuck in a WA detention centre have staged a sit-in style protest against the Government's lag in deporting people who have already agreed to leave the country.
There is concern Australia could face an influx of asylum-seeker boats, with thousands predicted to try to escape COVID-19 outbreaks in their own countries.
Jacqui Lambie says she won’t support the Government’s repeal of Medevac legislation that makes it easier for asylum seekers to be transferred for medical care unless her “sensible” conditions are met.
An Irish-born former bikie convicted of drug dealing has been sent back to the Emerald Isle — but not before complaining that Australian authorities found nowhere for him to stay in Ireland.
Phil Hickey & Lisa Thomas
More than 95,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Australia by air over the past five years, fanning fears people smugglers have shifted their business models from boats to planes.
The family who lived in the Queensland community of Biloela before facing deportation have had their injunction extended until a final court hearing, but will live in detention until then.
In what are increasingly dangerous times, cool heads and a strong resolve are the necessary qualities to govern. The absolute measure of this should be the willingness to make hard decisions.
The Morrison Government has not ruled out the return of the Tamil family-of-four to Australia, should they be deported to Sri Lanka and apply to lawfully re-enter the country in the future.
A rare alliance of conservative commentators, opposition parties and Coalition backbenchers is urging the Prime Minister to let the family of four stay.
The fate of a Tamil family at the centre of a heated debate over whether Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton should use his discretionary powers to let them stay in Australia will be decided in court.
Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles will today tell an Indo-Pacific Defence Conference in Perth that Australia needs to not just focus its efforts in the Pacific Ocean.
It comes as new figures show authorities have already used the Migration Act to boot out 710 people from WA, including 70 child sex offenders.
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