Family ‘feel peace’ after being granted permanent residency

The Nadesalingam family (Twitter/HometoBilo)

The Nadesalingam family said they finally feel “peace” after the federal immigration minister, Andrew Giles, intervened to grant them permanent residency. Source: The Guardian.

Priya and Nades Nadesalingam, along with their daughters Kopika, 7, and Tharnicaa, 5, were visited by government officials in their family home in Biloela on Friday afternoon and told the news.

Priya said it was a “very happy day” for the Tamil asylum-seeker family and for all of their friends and supporters in Biloela.

“At last we feel peace,” Priya said in a statement. “I am so grateful to minister Giles for granting us this permanency.

“Now I know my daughters will get to grow up safely in Australia. Now my husband and I can live without fear.”

In March 2018, the family were given 10 minutes to pack before being removed from their home by border force agents in a 5am raid. They were then moved to immigration detention in Melbourne before the government attempted to deport the family to Sri Lanka in 2019.

The deportation attempt was halted by a last-minute court injunction – their plane was stopped in Darwin and they were moved to the detention centre on Christmas Island where they spent two years.

This year, the family was given hope after Labor won the federal election and moved swiftly to grant the family bridging visas in June.

This act of ministerial intervention allowed the Nadesalingams to exit community detention in Perth and return to their beloved home in Biloela, a small country town in central Queensland.

The federal opposition has criticised the decision.

“Actions have consequences and this sets a high profile precedent,” the opposition’s home affairs spokesperson, Karen Andrews, said in a statement.

“It undermines the policy that if you come here illegally you will never settle in Australia.”


Nadesalingam family feel ‘peace’ after being granted permanent residency in Australia (Eden Gillespie, The Guardian

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