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Biloela asylum seeker family set to return home after Labor win

Tamil family of asylum seekers to return to Biloela thanks to Labor victory after being detained on Christmas Island for three years: “Many happy tears were shed”

  • The Tamil family of asylum seekers have rejoiced at Labour’s election victory on Saturday.
  • Priya, Nadesalingam, Kopika and Tharnicaa Murugappan will be able to go home
  • The family was removed from Biloela and sent to Christmas Island in August 2019.
  • They have been living in limbo over whether or not they will be sent to Sri Lanka.
  • The photos show them happily embracing each other after learning that they will be returning to QLD.

A family of Tamil asylum seekers broke down in tears as they rejoiced at the incoming Labor government that promised they would be able to return home to Queensland.

Priya and Nadesalingam Murugappan and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, are struggling to return home to Biloela after spending three years in detention on Christmas Island.

The family, whose three eldest members received bridging visas, have been living in Perth awaiting their fate since Tharnicca had to be medically evacuated from the island in June.

A statement from Angela Fredericks of the Home To Bilo campaign said the family was delighted with the election result because of what it means to them.

“Mr Albanese has promised to allow our friends Priya, Nades and their daughters Kopi and Tharni to return to their home in Biloela,” he said.

We just called Priya in Perth and told her that she and her family would be coming home.

Priya and Nadesalingam Murugappan and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, (pictured) reportedly spilled

Priya and Nadesalingam Murugappan and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, (pictured) reportedly shed “tears of happiness” after Labour’s historic election victory on Saturday.

Many happy tears were shed.

Mrs Fredericks said the family’s ‘long and painful saga’ had finally come to an end.

“This family has been removed from their home for over four years,” he said.

‘They should never have been taken away from the people who loved and needed them.

“As they make the long journey to Biloela to resume their lives here, they also begin a journey of recovery and healing.”

Priya and Nadesalingam, nicknamed Nades, came to Australia separately by boat more than a decade ago to escape civil war in Sri Lanka.

They were granted bridging visas and settled in Biloela, central Queensland, where their daughters were later born.

However, their lives were turned upside down in August 2019 when their bridging visas expired and the family was sent to Christmas Island, where they became the only residents.

The move sparked widespread outrage as her community and supporters across Australia rallied to bring the family home.

Last year, the family returned to the mainland after Tharnicaa suffered from a life-threatening blood infection and was taken to Perth for hospital treatment.

Her mother accompanied her before her father and sister later flew to Western Australia so the family could be reunited.

The Tamil family has been in a high-profile battle to stay in Australia after spending years in detention.

The Tamil family has been in a high-profile battle to stay in Australia after spending years in detention.

Anthony Albanese beat Scott Morrison to become the fourth Labor leader to win the opposition government since World War II.

Anthony Albanese beat Scott Morrison to become the fourth Labor leader to win the opposition government since World War II.

Since then, the family has been living in limbo as to whether or not they would be forced to return to Sri Lanka in September, when all three bridging visas expire.

New Zealand-based journalist Rebekah Holt tweeted a photo of Priya and the two girls dressed in red, Labour’s campaign colour, when they received the news from Home Bilo via video call that they could return to Queensland.

A video posted in the comments showed the two relieved parents hugging as Nades received the news that Scott Morrison had conceded when he returned to his Perth community detention center at 9pm from work.

As they celebrate Anthony Albanese becoming Australia’s 31st Prime Minister, Ms Fredericks said the family thanked their fellow Australians for their support.

“Hundreds of thousands of Australians have opened their hearts to this family,” he said.

“We know that Priya is incredibly grateful to all of them.”

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