Tamil asylum-seeker family set to return to Biloela thanks to Labor win after they were detained on Christmas Island for three years: ‘Many happy tears were shed’
A Tamil asylum-seeker family have broken down in tears as they rejoice the incoming Labor government who promised they will be able to go home to Queensland.
Priya and Nadesalingam Murugappan and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, have been fighting to return to their home in Biloela after spending three years in detention on Christmas Island.
The family, of which the three eldest members have been granted bridging visas, have been living in Perth awaiting their fate since Tharnicca had to be medically evacuated from the island in June.
A statement from Angela Fredericks, of the Home To Bilo campaign, said the family were overjoyed by the election result due to what it means for them.
‘Mr Albanese has promised to allow our friends Priya, Nades and their girls Kopi and Tharni to return home to Biloela,’ she said.
‘We just called Priya in Perth and told her she and her family were coming home.
Priya and Nadesalingam Murugappan and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, (pictured) have reportedly shed ‘happy tears’ after Labor’s historic election win on Saturday
‘Many happy tears were shed.’
Ms Fredericks said the family’s ‘long, painful saga’ had finally come to an end.
‘This family has been taken away from their home for more than four years,’ she said.
‘They never should have been taken from the town that loved and needed them.
‘As they make the long journey to Biloela to resume their lives here they also commence a journey of recovery and healing.’
The Tamil family have been in a high-profile battle to remain in Australia after spending years in detention
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