Australia moves Tamil family, including Aussie-born toddlers, to remote island

Australia moves Tamil family, including Aussie-born toddlers, to remote island

"I would hope they do", Morrison said.

Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2 with their parents Priya and Nades were reportedly taken to Christmas Island overnight.

But the family was flown to Christmas Island northwest of Australia the following night, and are believed to be the only people detained there.

Earlier on Monday, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the family had been moved to Christmas Island to avoid potentially risky protests.

'They are not their parents and I think we have to consider it in a different light.

Mr Dutton said his family have been personally targeted because of his refusal to intervene in the case.

The incident was detailed yesterday by the government as it came under pressure over the case of a Sri Lankan family facing deportation this week after they were deemed not to be refugees.

The government had attempted to fly the family out of the country on Thursday night before being forced to land in Darwin because of the last-minute injunction.


"We deal with thousands of cases each year where we provide compassion in cases where kids might sick, where an elderly parent visiting Australia who may have had a stroke or other really hard circumstances and we intervene in those cases and we should be very proud of that", he said.

Mr Dutton hit out at suggestions the family had been moved to Christmas Island in a bid to thwart their legal challenge, describing it as a "spurious claim" by lawyers and advocates.

"If I'm driving. and I'm going at 140 kilometres an hour to get a child to the hospital, the policeman has a constabulary right", he said.

A court will hear the youngest child's case for Australia's protection on Wednesday.

"The civil war in Sri Lanka is now over and Tamils from around the world have returned to their country and have been accepted back by a democratically elected inclusive government".

A boat full of suspected asylum seekers was located in Australian waters.

"I'm determined that we don't have any death at sea", the home affairs minister told the Nine Network.

"Sri Lanka is a very risky place for Tamils".


Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese pleaded for the government to make an exception and let the family return to their adopted community of Biloela, in regional Queensland.

March 2018: The temporary bridging visa ran out and they were taken to a Melbourne detention centre after a pre-dawn raid of their home.

A final decision will be made at a Federal Court hearing tomorrow at 4pm.

It's not that this family or those in the 68 million figure are unworthy or not honest in their desire to live in Australia.

"This doesn't really change anything for the family at the minute as we all know the injunction is until 4pm on Wednesday", Ms Ford said.

August 30 2019: Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton stands his ground and insist the family should not be allowed to stay in an opinion piece for The Courier Mail.

Hundreds of Australians joined rallies Sunday urging the government not to deport a Tamil family of four - including two Australian-born toddlers - whose case has become a new flashpoint over immigration policy.


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