Kristina Keneally accuses Peter Dutton of canceling her trip to meet family trapped on Christmas Island for three years – just minutes after Labor senator gained entry
- Labor Senator claims Peter Dutton canceled her trip to Christmas Island overnight
- Kristina Keneally is said to have trapped the Tamil family in the island territory
- But 22 minutes after access was granted, it was revoked by the minister
Labor Senator Kristina Keneally
Labor Senator Kristina Keneally has accused Peter Dutton of canceling her trip to visit a Tamil family from Biloela who is being held on Christmas Island.
Senator Keneally, Labor’s spokeswoman for the Interior, said the Australian Border Force had confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that she could visit the family.
But she said 22 minutes later that she received an email saying that Secretary of Defense Peter Dutton had “determined that the Special Purpose Aircraft can no longer be made available” for the trip.
“Dutton has canceled the trip,” Senator Keneally wrote on Twitter Wednesday evening.
The Biloela family of Priya, Nades and their Australian-born daughters Kopika and Tharunicaa have been in detention for more than three years.
Priya, Nades’ Biloela family and their Australian-born daughters Kopika and Tharunicaa have spent more than three years in detention
Community members have campaigned tirelessly to return them to their adopted home in central Queensland
Senator Keneally has said an end to the ‘sorry saga’ where taxpayers spend millions of dollars keeping the family in detention (Peter Dutton in photo)
Community members have campaigned tirelessly to get them back to their adopted home in central Queensland.
Senator Keneally has said an end to the ‘sorry saga’, where taxpayers spend millions of dollars keeping the family in detention.
She had visited Christmas Island with other MPs as part of a two-part parliamentary committee trip and planned to bring a present for the children, the ABC reports.
Mr. Dutton’s office has been asked for comment.