Update 10 January 2019 – Following the failure of their appeal in the Federal Court just before Christmas, this little family from Biloela could be deported to danger unless David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, steps in before 1st Feb 2019. Read the full update here for how you can help.
PETITION UPDATE – 10 Aug 2018: Qantas is meeting with human rights advocates!
As Priya’s legal team worked frantically to keep Priya, Nades and their two Australian-born girls in Australia long enough to lodge an appeal, we knew we had to do more.
So we launched a new petition calling on Qantas and 11 other airlines to refuse to fly Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa anywhere but home to Biloela.
Now, a powerful coalition of human rights advocates are calling on Qantas to refuse to participate in forcing asylum seekers like Priya and Nades from Australia to danger.
And Qantas has agreed to meet with them – tomorrow – 11 August 2018
Today, I need your help show Qantas how many people want to bring Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa home to Biloela.
Please take a photo of yourself with this sign (bit.ly/QantasDontDeport), post it on facebook or twitter and tag Qantas by including @Qantas – handmade signs are fine too!
Thank you everyone for your continuing support. With your help, I know we can bring this family #hometobilo!
PS If you haven’t already, please sign and share our petition to Qantas and other airlines.
7/8/18 — Update from Angela Fredericks
On a Friday night six weeks ago, Priya called me, crying and distressed. She’d just been given notice she and her family would be forced from Australia to danger within days.
That weekend, Priya’s friends and neighbours gathered in the Biloela Lion’s Park for a candlelight vigil.
We’d written letters. We’d delivered a 100,000 strong petition to Mr Dutton. We’d even persuaded a Liberal Senator to take up our cause. There was no way we were going to give up on this family.
Days before, we’d heard that US airlines were refusing to fly children separated from their parents.
We decided to launch a petition calling on Qantas and 11 other airlines to refuse to fly Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa anywhere but home to Biloela. By the time the weekend was over, thousands of people had signed.
Thankfully, Priya’s lawyers managed to postpone the deportation long enough to lodge an appeal with the Federal Court.
Priya’s appeal is set down for the end of this month. But even if Priya’s appeal succeeds, there is no legal barrier to protect husband Nades and baby Tharunicaa from being forced back to danger.
Now, refugee advocates in Sydney and Melbourne are asking Qantas to publicly state that they will not participate in forcing Priya, Nades, Kopika or Tharunicaa back to danger.
There is a website – Home to Bilboela