AustraliaDutton labels Biloela kids 'anchor babies'
Australia has a ‘moral duty’ to let Tamil family stay: Keneally
Australia has a ‘moral duty’ to ensure a Tamil family who are currently in immigration detention are not deported to Sri Lanka, according to Labor's Kristina Keneally. Nadesalingam and Priya fled Sri Lanka, arriving by boat separately in 2012 and 2013 and settling in the Queensland town of Biloela. The couple had two daughters before being moved into immigration detention in 2018. Advocates have urged the Coalition to let the family stay, despite a series of courts rejecting their claims for asylum.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has referred to the children in a Tamil asylum-seeker family facing deportation as "anchor babies".
Mr Dutton said the family's long-running fight for Australian protection had cost taxpayers "literally millions of dollars".
"It's been made very clear to them at every turn that they were not going to stay in Australia and they still had children," Mr Dutton told 2GB radio on Thursday.
"We see that overseas in other countries - anchor babies, so-called - and the emotion of trying to leverage a migration outcome based on the children."
The Sri Lankan couple came separately to Australia by boat several years ago before marrying, having two children and settling in the central Queensland town of Biloela.
They are now in detention on Christmas Island as the Federal Court decides whether the youngest child is eligible for protection in Australia.
Tamil family stuck in jail-like conditions.
The future of a Tamil family fighting deportation could be decided with a court considering a daughter's right to apply for a protection visa.