Bishop McCarthy asks PM to return Tamil family to Biloela

The Murugappan family are in community detention in Perth (SBS News/Supplied)

Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to request the Government allow the Murugappan family to return to Biloela. Source: Rockhampton Diocese.

The letter was sent to the Prime Minister on June 15 and was released publicly by the Rockhampton Diocese on Friday. Biloela, where the Tamil family was living until they were put in detention in 2018, is in the Rockhampton Diocese in Queensland.

“As the Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Rockhampton, I ask that the Australian Government reconsiders the application of the Murugappan Family and allow them to stay in Australia and return to their friends at Biloela who have supported them emotionally," Bishop McCarthy wrote.

“I also ask you to reconsider all our people who might be caught up in detention centres awaiting a chance for a new life. They, like my ancestors, wanted the best for their children.

“My many years of working with people who have come as refugees from Asia, Africa, Latin and Central America and Europe, [has shown refugees] bring an incredible richness and giftedness to our land and especially in the next generation.

“As a sixth-generation Australian, whose own ancestors left Ireland and England in 1839 and 1859, I ask that the policy be reviewed and that those languishing in detention centres be given hope and assurance that Australia is a welcoming country that values diversity and genuine compassion.”


Bishop Michael McCarthy’s June 15th Letter to the Prime Minister on behalf of the Murugappan Family of Biloela (Rockhampton Diocese)

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