A Tamil family seeking asylum in Australia has been granted temporary visas allowing them to stay in the country for another 12 months. Source: ABC News.
The family’s lawyer, Carina Ford, said Immigration Minister Alex Hawke granted 12-month bridging visas to three members of the Nadesalingam family (also known as the Murugappan family) – father, Nades, mother, Priya, and older daughter, Kopika.
The younger daughter, Tharnicaa, was not granted a visa, which means the family will not be allowed to leave Perth and return to Queensland or Biloela, where they previously lived.
The Minister’s office said there was no official comment.
Supporters of the family in Biloela issued a statement saying they are “surprised” by the Minister’s decision.
“Australian law gives Minister Hawke the power to bring this sorry saga to a close with the stroke of a pen, by issuing the same visa to four-year-old Tharni that he has granted to her mum, dad and sister,” the statement said.
The family still has two cases running before the courts regarding bridging visas and the citizenship of the children.
In a statement on Friday, the Sisters of Saint Joseph said they are “deeply disturbed” by the treatment of the family .
“The treatment of the Biloela family is symbolic of the thousands of people cruelly disadvantaged by Australia’s refugee detention system,” said Sr Monica Cavanagh, congregational leader of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Sr Monica called on Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews to intervene and grant permanent visas to the family.
Josephites dismayed by treatment of Biloela family (Sisters of Saint Joseph)
No place like home (ABC News)