Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Australia intercepts Sri Lankan boat with 13 asylum seekers

Australia intercepts Sri Lankan boat with 13 asylum seekers

Other Sri Lankan families with handsome young children were part of the 1200 who died at sea, and they shouldn't be forgotten in this debate.

Nadesalingam and Priya and their daughters.

"Unlawful non-citizens are only removed if the department is satisfied they do not engage Australia's non-refoulement obligations and that removal would not breach Australia's global obligation", a Home department spokesman said.

Thousands of other folks throughout Australia protested on the weekend towards the verdict however Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated on Monday permitting the Tamil circle of relatives to stick would inspire additional makes an attempt via asylum-seekers.

His government also revealed boats have been coming from Sri Lanka for months, only to be turned around by Australia's border patrols.

The family - who are fighting to remain in Australia because they fear persecution in Sri Lanka - were moved to a Christmas Island detention facility overnight, lawyer Carina Ford said, speaking in Melbourne. The household's case has turned into a new flashpoint within the Australian government's hardline immigration policies, including turning away refugees coming by ship and de facto overseas detention, both steps condemned by the United Nations. "The public never sees any of that". "I remember the deaths", Mr Morrison told reporters on Monday.

'That's not how you run strong borders. "It is the reason Sri Lanka was the first country I visited after the election, to make sure we can keep these boats stopped", he told the Courier-Mail.

The move comes after a judge issued a last-minute injunction to halt their deportation from Melbourne to Sri Lanka on Thursday night.

However, former Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce joined the chorus of voices in favor of the family being allowed to return to Biloela in central Queensland where they have settled.

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Nevertheless, they had two children born in Australia named Kopika, now age 4, and Tharunicaa, the 2-year-old.

The injunction was extended and the family can not be removed from Australia until at least 4pm Wednesday.

Hundreds gathers in Brisbane's King George Square in support of the family who were sent to the island off the northwest coast of Australia in secret in the small hours of Saturday morning. "I hate going against Peter Dutton at times, but I think this is one of the special circumstances", he told Seven Network television.

"I know the parents have not been found to be refugees and obviously if they were by themselves it would be a completely different kettle of fish".

The family was transferred to Christmas Island and a court hearing on Wednesday will decide their fate. "Time has moved on".

"The only other thing is that consent has been given to add the minister for home affairs as a party and the secretary of home affairs", she said.

They are being held on Christmas Island after being granted an 11th-hour injunction against their deportation.

Dutton disagreed with that assessment, arguing that the family should "accept that they are not refugees, they're not owed protection by our country".

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