Australia Tamil family allowed to reunite in Perth
Youngest daughter of Biloela family 'very distressed'
The friend of a family that has been detained by the Australian government said she was "devastated" to see their young girl in hospital.Three-year-old Tharnicaa was diagnosed with sepsis yesterday after almost two weeks of feeling unwell. She was flown to Perth yesterday for urgent treatment.
A Tamil family detained on Christmas Island for the past two years has been allowed to reunite after the youngest daughter was medically evacuated with her mother to Perth.
A charter flight on Tuesday night brought father Nades Murugappan and his six-year-old daughter Kopika from the island to the WA capital to join wife Priya and ill four-year-old daughter Tharnicaa.
But the family is no closer to returning to their Queensland home in Biloela despite now being allowed to live in community detention in Perth, where Tharnicaa is being treated for pneumonia and sepsis at Perth Children's Hospital.
Time to bring Tamil family back: Govt MPs
Federal MP Trent Zimmerman has indicated a potential shift inside government for a Tamil family detained on Christmas Island to be brought back to Australia.Indicating a possible shift inside government on the fate of the Murugappan family, Trent Zimmerman has said that while the case was "very complicated", support for them in the Australian community was "overwhelming".
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is yet to make a decision on whether any of the family members can reapply to stay in Australia.
"Today's decision does not create a pathway to a visa," Mr Hawke said on Tuesday.
"I will consider at a future date whether to lift the statutory bar presently preventing members of the family from reapplying for temporary protection, for which they have been previously rejected."
Video: Tamil family to reunite in Perth but settlement rejected (ABC NEWS)
Mr Hawke said "everyone has compassion towards the ... two beautiful little girls" but granting a permanent visa to the family would "absolutely" start a flood of people-smuggling boats.
The family lived in Biloela before being taken into immigration detention.
Immigration Minister says allowing Tamil family to stay in Australia would encourage people smugglers
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke says he believes allowing a family of Tamil asylum seekers to resettle in Australia permanently would lead to more people trying to illegally get to the mainland by boat.Alex Hawke has intervened to allow the Murugappan family to live in Perth while four-year-old Tharnicaa Murugappan undergoes treatment in hospital, but he told Sky News the government's position on permanent resettlement was clear.
Labor has joined with the Biloela community in calling for the family to be returned to the town.
"The Biloela community has made it clear that they want Tharnicaa's family to come home. Why won't the government let this family go home to Bilo?" Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese told parliament on Tuesday.
Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack described the situation as difficult and challenging before launching an attack on Labor over border protection.
"When we took government in 2013 there were over 8000 children in detention centres. Labor put more beds in detention centres than they ever did in hospitals," he told coalition colleagues.
The family has been locked up since 2018 while their fight against deportation has gone through the courts.
The family will be able to stay in community detention after Tharnicaa is released from hospital and remain in Perth until their legal case is resolved.
Biloela asylum seekers: Tamil girl is finally released from hospital .
Tharnicaa Murugappan, four, has been discharged from Perth Children's Hospital almost two weeks after being medically evacuated from Christmas Island with a blood infection.The young girl has been discharged from Perth Children's Hospital almost two weeks after being medically evacuated from Christmas Island with a blood infection caused by untreated pneumonia.