The Sri Lankan Tamil family that has spent years in offshore detention has been issued bridging visas that will allow them to work and study on the Australian mainland. Source: ABC News.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced yesterday he had issued the Murugappan family with three-month bridging visas.
The decision comes after the family was moved into community detention in Perth, where youngest child Tharnicaa has been receiving medical treatment.
“This decision allows three members of the family to reside in the Perth community on bridging visas while the youngest child’s medical care, and the family’s legal matters, are ongoing,” Mr Hawke said in a statement. "The fourth family member’s visa status is unchanged.”
The Murugappans had settled in the Queensland town of Biloela but were removed in 2018 after a court found they were not owed protection.
Yesterday’s decision allows the two parents to work and study in Perth.
The Murugappan family has spent years fighting deportation to Sri Lanka. Supporters have been urging the federal government to allow the family to return to Biloela.
Meanwhile, the National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society has urged the government to return the family to Biloela.
National President Claire Victory said, “People seeking asylum are among the most marginalised and vulnerable people in our nation, and Australia’s policies towards them shape our national character. In addition to working two jobs, Nades volunteered for Vinnies in Biloela and has shown his willingness to contribute to the community.”
Vinnies calls for humane policies for asylum seekers and new migrants (St Vincent de Paul Society)
The Biloela Tamil family has been issued a trio of three-month bridging visas (By Jodie Stephens, SBS News)