‘Biloela family’ unlikely to be resettled in Australia

Tharnicaa Murugappan is being treated for sepsis and pneumonia in a Perth hospital (ABC News/Supplied)

Foreign Minister Marise Payne says the federal Government is not looking at resettling the “Biloela family” in Australia, hours after the mother made a plea from her daughter's hospital bed in Perth to return to Queensland. Source: ABC News.

Speaking on Nine Radio yesterday, Ms Payne said Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews's office was considering where to resettle the family, who have been held in immigration detention on Christmas Island since August 2019.

She said she understood that United States and New Zealand were two options being looked at, but refused to provide any further detail.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Ms Andrews said potential resettlement in either of the two countries applied “to all those in detention waiting for resettlement”.

Her comments came hours after the mother of three-year-old Tharnicaa Murugappan, Priya, made an emotional plea for help to return to their Queensland home in Biloela.

Tharnicaa Murugappan was flown to Perth Children's Hospital on Monday after experiencing vomiting, diarrhoea and dizziness for several days.

Family friend Angela Fredericks said she had been diagnosed with sepsis and pneumonia.

Ms Murugappan released a short video of herself in hospital holding Tharnicaa in her arms as she reads from a statement.

“I want to thank everybody for their love and good wishes,” she said.

“I hope that Tharnicaa can get the help she needs now. Please, help us to get her out of detention and home to Biloela.”

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan said Tharnicaa may have to remain in hospital “for a considerable period”.


Biloela family unlikely to be resettled in Australia, as mother makes plea from daughter's hospital bed (ABC News)


Is 3-year-old Australian detainee Tharnicaa Murugappan getting a Fair Go? (The Catholic Leader)

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