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Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their Australian-born children Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, were flown back Thursday to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their Australian-born children Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, were flown back Thursday to Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their Australian-born children Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, were flown back Thursday to Colombo, Sri Lanka

A Tamil asylum seeker family was transported to Christmas Island after being delayed until Wednesday against deportation from Australia.

Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their Australian-born children Kopika (4) and Tharunicaa (2) were flown back to Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday.

In the last hours of the night, however, Judge Heather gave Riley an order to block the movement while their plane was in the air.

Family lawyers argued that the two-year-old daughter of Priya and Nades, Tharunicaa, had never had her claim for a visa assessed.

The family's flight landed in Darwin just before 3 am and the family was held on a military base in Darwin.

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Supporters said they lost contact with the family on Friday night and were told just after 2 am that they had arrived at a detention center on Christmas Island, northwest of Australia.

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The Tamil family will be removed from a secure apartment area on Friday at the Mercure Hotel in Darwin

The Tamil family will be removed from a secure apartment area on Friday at the Mercure Hotel in Darwin

The Tamil family will be removed from a secure apartment area on Friday at the Mercure Hotel in Darwin

Supporters said they had lost contact with the family on Friday night and were told just after 2 am that they had arrived at a detention center on Christmas Island, northwest of Australia (stock image)

Supporters said they had lost contact with the family on Friday night and were told just after 2 am that they had arrived at a detention center on Christmas Island, northwest of Australia (stock image)

Supporters said they had lost contact with the family on Friday night and were told just after 2 am that they had arrived at a detention center on Christmas Island, northwest of Australia (stock image)

In a statement, the Home to Bilo group said that the Carina Ford family's lawyer had been notified of the move in a message received from the immigration department during the night.

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Moving prisoners without warning is not unusual, but & # 39; the transfer to Christmas Island is not normal & # 39 ;, Ford said.

& # 39; It makes our work absolutely more difficult and it is disappointing & # 39 ;, said Ford, those new logistics issues like & # 39; frustrating & # 39; described.

She is now awaiting the response of Immigration Minister David Coleman lawyers on how the family's legal team will have access to their clients, including having documents signed.

They had arranged lawyers in Darwin to help that at the weekend.

After the departure of the Tamil family from Darwin, mother Priya was able to make contact with family and friends when they arrived on Christmas Island.

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& # 39; My children are separated from their world, & # 39; she said.

Family friend Rebekah Holt said the move only took the family away from their strong supporters.

& # 39; This is the second flight in just as many days under the cover of darkness, further removing this family from the support of the community that loves them. & # 39;

The Interior Ministry would not comment on the relocation of the family on Saturday, and notes that this would be inappropriate because the case is in court.

A spokeswoman said the family & # 39; fully assessed & # 39; was by the department and that it deserves assessment bodies, and that they consistently did not owe protection.

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Although an application for a protection visa has been submitted on behalf of the family's daughter Tharunicaa and has not been assessed by David Coleman, Immigration Minister.

The family's legal team says the rest of her family could be legally deported, but their lawyer Carina Ford said Australia would be sentenced if the family split up.

Family lawyers argued that the two-year-old daughter of Priya and Nades, Tharunicaa, had never had her visa claim assessed

Family lawyers argued that the two-year-old daughter of Priya and Nades, Tharunicaa, had never had her visa claim assessed

Family lawyers argued that the two-year-old daughter of Priya and Nades, Tharunicaa, had never had her visa claim assessed

The family's flight landed in Darwin just before 3 am and the family was held on a military base in Darwin

The family's flight landed in Darwin just before 3 am and the family was held on a military base in Darwin

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Family lawyers argued that the two-year-old daughter of Priya and Nades, Tharunicaa, had never had her visa claim assessed

Minister Zed Seselja told ABC that the assessment process & # 39; fairly fair & # 39; is, but added that he understood individual cases & # 39; can be very difficult & # 39 ;.

But Labor senator Katy Gallagher called the transfer cruel and called for compassion.

& # 39; The minister has the capacity to intervene in special circumstances. I think there is no doubt that this family is eligible, & she said.

Despite the increasing pressure from the community, Interior Minister Peter Dutton refuses to give in.

"I would like the family to accept that they are not refugees, they do not owe any protection from our country," he said to the Nine Network on Friday.

Mr Dutton said that the deportation had been going on for years and no one should be surprised, especially the couple, who had been warned before they had children that they should not stay.

A spokeswoman for the Immigration Minister David Coleman said he did not comment on the case.

Meanwhile, Alan Jones hit the government on the 2 GB radio and insisted that the & # 39; hard-working people & # 39; were those who contributed to their community.

& # 39; I think this is a shameful chapter of the Morrison government, it clearly doesn't matter & # 39 ;, Jones said live in the broadcast.

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& # 39; I don't care what these people have or have not done. They didn't kill anyone, they didn't chase anyone, they didn't offend anyone. And they are treated this way in my country, your country.

& # 39; The monsters here are the government. & # 39;

Despite the increasing pressure from the community, Interior Minister Peter Dutton refuses to give in

Despite the increasing pressure from the community, Interior Minister Peter Dutton refuses to give in

Despite the increasing pressure from the community, Interior Minister Peter Dutton refuses to give in

What happened to the Queensland Tamil family?

2012 and 2013: Nades and Priya arrived separately in Australia by boat fleeing the violence of the civil war in Sri Lanka.

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2014: The family moved to Biloela in Queensland, where they lived for four years and worked on a temporary bridging visa.

March 2018: The temporary bridging visa ran out and they were taken to a detention center in Melbourne after a raid on their home before dawn.

May 2018: High Court denied their last major stay in Australia.

August 2019: The family found out that their efforts to stay in the country were rejected with supporters calling on the federal immigration minister to reconsider.

August 29, 2019: The family boarded a flight back to Sri Lanka, but it was intercepted at the last minute after Judge Heather Riley had given an order to block the move.

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August 30, 2019: They had a hearing at 10:00 am at the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne. The order was extended and the family cannot stay in Australia and can only be removed on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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