Tamil family deportation decision delayed

A Tamil family facing deportation from Australia has been given two extra days in the country after their Federal Court Case was adjourned.

A judge today granted an extended injunction to prevent the family from being removed from the country until at least 4pm Friday.

It comes after the Federal Court in Melbourne heard that Immigration Minister David Coleman declined to allow the family’s youngest daughter to apply for a protection visa.


The matter will now be heard in court on Friday, with the family to remain on Christmas Island until then.

Despite this, the Federal Government is remaining firm on their stance that the mother, father and two children will be deported back to Sri Lanka.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told reporters on Tuesday that the family were told from the beginning that they wouldn’t be able to remain in the country.

“I think it is unfair to the children in this case where the parents were given a very definite decision that they weren’t going to stay here in Australia many years ago and the kids have been drawn through – or dragged through – that process in the subsequent years,” he said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that by allowing the family to stay, it would send a dangerous message to others seeking asylum.

“It’s not about the public mood, it’s about what is the right decision for Australia’s national interest to ensure that the integrity of our border protection regime is maintained,” Mr Morrison said.

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