family if he wins the election and tell me why I’m not surprised.
and are Tamil asylum seekers who separately came to Australia from Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2013. They met in the Queensland town of Biloela in 2014 and were granted temporary visas. They also have two Australian-born daughters, and .
But after their temporary visas expired in 2018 the family was detained on Christmas Island. The family was moved to Perth after Tharnicaa had a medical emergency and needed to be treated in hospital.
The family was in June 2021 while Tharnicaa was in hospital.
But then in September, Priya, Nades and Kopika were — but Tharnicaa was not, despite literally being born here.
The Morrison government has refused to grant the Murugappan family permanent visas or let return to Biloela, even though it’s their home. Locals have been campaigning for the family to be allowed to return to Biloela ever since they were forcibly removed from the town.
Labor and The Greens have also supported the right of the Murugappan family to return to Biloela.
So what’s the situation ahead of the election?
Morrison was out campaigning in Western Sydney with Immigration Minister on Thursday. He by and reporters.
Morrison said the matter hadn’t been determined by the courts yet.
“There has been no finding of protection for the family, that is what our law requires for protection to be provided with such a visa,” he said.
“There is no protection owed. They have not been found to be refugees.
“Australia’s rules do not permit permanent visas for people who have not been found to be refugees. That is the government’s policy. It hasn’t changed.”
That answer’s been called out because actually, the immigration minister can issue visas on their own discretion.
I mean, Alex Hawke literally did it in April of 2022. British woman had her request for permanent residency denied back in 2020 and has since been at risk of deportation.
But and approve her permanent residency.
Speaking to the , former deputy secretary in the Immigration Department pointed out that this is literally why we have ministerial discretion.
“There will always be exceptional cases where you will want to allow visas to be issued and to do that we created ministerial discretion,” Rizvi said.
“Morrison himself would have exercised this ministerial discretion when he was [immigration] minister – I don’t know how he’s forgotten.”
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