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Biloela family’s deportation appeal rejected
"The big picture is this family are wanted members of the community"
The Federal Circuit Court has rejected a deportation appeal by Biloela couple Priya and Nades.
Judge Caroline Kirton delivered her verdict yesterday morning (21 June 2018).
Priya, her husband Nades and their two daughters – aged 1 and 3, born in Australia – have now spent more than 100 days detained at Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation in Broadmeadows.
In March, they were given a last-minute temporary legal reprieve from deportation to Sri Lanka.
Their daughters were born in Australia and do not hold Sri Lankan citizenship, yet they now face the prospect of being deported to that country if their family’s case is not reviewed.
The Tamil couple, who sought asylum in Australia between 2012 and 2013, is accused of not meeting the nation’s protection obligations.
Priya and her family fled Sri Lanka in 2000. Nades faces persecution for his former association with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which was militarily defeated by the Sri Lankan armed forces in 2009.
The family has lived in Biloela for the past three years, supported as valuable members of that community. More than 76,000 people have signed a petition supporting the family.
Friends have called on Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to overrule the courts rejection and to allow the family back to Biloela...