Tamil family to be reunited in Australia, Treasurer confirms

UPDATE @ 7.30 AM | The Federal Treasurer has confirmed the Tamil family, who has spent almost three years in detention on Christmas Island, will be reunited on the Australian mainland.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told the Today Show that the mother and father who arrived in Australia by boat, and their two daughters who were born here, will be back together very soon.

“The minister will be making a detailed statement but I can confirm the reports that the family will be reunited on Australian shores is correct,” he said.


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“That will happen very soon and the minister will make a statement today.”

Treasurer Frydenberg admitted it’s been an incredibly difficult situation.

“This has been a very difficult case. It’s been protracted through the courts many times, but you also have to understand that Australia put in place a border protection policy because tragically more than 1200 lives were lost at sea between 2008 and 2013 and obviously the policies we put in place were designed to save lives and bring order to our borders.”

Mr Frydenberg stopped short of confirming whether or not the family would be allowed to stay in Australia permanently.

“Again, the details will be released by the minister. I’ll leave that statement to him. He has been working through it. I have spoken to him, he’s spoken to the Prime Minister as well as a number of our colleagues,” he said.

A final decision is expected to be announced by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke at a press conference today.

The Murugappan family set up home in the Central Queensland town of Biloela after arriving down under by boat.

They were moved to Christmas Island in 2019 after their visa expired, where they have been in immigration detention ever since.

The case is again back in the spotlight after the family’s youngest daughter Tharnicaa was airlifted to Perth Children’s hospital from Christmas Island last week.

EARLIER @ 6.45 AM | The Federal Government could decide as early as today whether a mother and father who arrived in Australia by boat, and their two daughters who were born here, can stay in Australia.

The Murugappan family, from Tamil, set up home in the Central Queensland town of Biloela after arriving down under by boat.

They were moved to Christmas Island in 2019 after their visa expired, where they have been in immigration detention ever since.

The case is again back in the spotlight after the family’s youngest daughter Tharnicaa was airlifted to Perth Children’s hospital from Christmas Island last week accompanied by her mother.

She is currently being treated for a blood infection, while her sister and father reportedly remain on the island.

Pressure has been growing on the Government to make a call on whether or not the family can be resettled in Australia, with the Prime Minister confirming the Government is considering its options.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is expected to hold a press conference today.

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