New visas granted to Biloela family, but they still can’t go home

Supporters of the Murugappan family say the family remains mired in community detention in Perth despite three of the four being granted new bridging visas. The Home to Bilo group says the family is still unable to return to their home in the Queensland town of Biloela, after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his Migration Act powers to grant 12-month bridging visas to dad Nades, mum Priya and eldest daughter Kopika. However, the youngest daughter, Tharni, who earlier this year become so ill in detention that she needed urgent medical care, still has not been granted one. LIVE UPDATES: Mandatory vaccinations 'inevitable': McGowan The family has been living in detention since 2019, with much of that time spent on Christmas Island. The family's supporters said they were "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 ..

Supporters of the Murugappan family say the family remains mired in community detention in Perth despite three of the four being granted new bridging visas.

The Home to Bilo group says the family is still unable to return to their home in the Queensland town of Biloela, after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his Migration Act powers to grant 12-month bridging visas to dad Nades, mum Priya and eldest daughter Kopika.

However, the youngest daughter, Tharni, who earlier this year become so ill in detention that she needed urgent medical care, still has not been granted one.

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The family have been living in immigration detention on Christmas Island since 2019, after they were removed from their home in Biloela, Queensland by Border Force officers in 2018.

The family has been living in detention since 2019, with much of that time spent on Christmas Island.

The family's supporters said they were "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," said Biloela resident and family friend, Angela Fredericks.

"Just like her sister Kopika, Tharnicaa was born in Queensland, and that's where she and her family belong."

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Tharnicaa Biloela is being evacuated to Perth after being hospitalised on Christmas Island.

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Ms Fredericks said "experienced migration lawyers" said they had never heard of a child being denied a visa granted to the rest of the family.

"There is simply no reason to deny Tharni a bridging visa other than to stop her family coming home to Biloela, where they are welcome, wanted and needed," she said.

Nine.com.au has contacted the minister's office for comment.

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