The Biloela Children are still in MITA – June 2019
Send the Prime Minister a Postcard
This postcard is with regard to the ongoing (14 months to date) inhumane detention of the Australian-born daughters of the Tamil family from Biloela Queensland.
Click on link to download set of 3 pre-addressed postcards –
Biloela Children postcards
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.
There is a website – Home to Biloela
30/05/19 – Bring this family home to Biloela
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.