Tamil family deportation decision delayed – again

A Tamil family facing deportation from Australia will remain in the country for at least another twelve days.

The family, who are currently in detention on Christmas Island, were on Wednesday granted an extended injunction to remain in the country until 4pm Friday.

However, a Federal Court Judge today extended the order to not deport the asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka.


The case will now return to court for an interlocutory hearing on September 18, which means the family will be safe from deportation until then.

It comes after Immigration Minister David Coleman declined to allow the family’s youngest daughter, two year old Tharunicaa to apply for a protection visa.

The mother and father arrived separately in Australia by boat in 2012 and 2013, however the two daughters were born in the country.