Tamil family to finally return home to Qld town of Biloela today

The family of Tamil asylum seekers will finally return to the Central Queensland town of Biloela today after spending four years in detention.

The family of four flew out of Perth on Wednesday to begin their journey home and are expected to arrive in Biloela on Friday afternoon after touching down in Brisbane yesterday.

Their return home comes after they were granted temporary bridging visas by the new Federal Government last week.


“The effect of my intervention enables the family to return to Biloela, where they can reside lawfully in the community on bridging visas while they work towards the resolution of their immigration status, in accordance with Australian law,” Home Affairs Minister Jim Chalmers said last Friday.

Speaking to reporters this week, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he was proud his government has enabled the family to return home.

“We grabbed this family in the middle of the night, took them down to Melbourne, then took them to Christmas Island, then they’ve ended up in Perth,” he said on Wednesday.

“These little girls, who were born in Australia, have got not just mental health issues but physical health issues as well.”

Before taking off from Perth on Wednesday, Mother Priya Murugappan thanked the community in Western Australia, where they spent 12 months in community detention.

“I have made great friends,” she said.

“Me and my family are very happy to start our journey back to my community in Bilo.

“Thank you to all in Perth, love you Perth, thank you,” she said.