Nades and Priya settled in Biloela in 2012 and 2013 and have two daughters together Kopika, 3, and Tharunicaa, 1.
Nades and Priya settled in Biloela in 2012 and 2013 and have two daughters together Kopika, 3, and Tharunicaa, 1. Contributed

'Show mercy': Bilo family's final legal bid dismissed

UPDATE: 

AUSTRALIAN Border Force has refused to confirm what's next for Priya and Nades and their two daugthers, after their final court appeal was rejected today. 

The Tamil family has been in a Melbourne detention centre since March last year, after their Biloela home was raided by border force officials. 

Today the High Court refused Priya and Kopika's special leave application to appeal last year's Federal Court Ruling that they could not stay in Australia. 

Supporters fear for the family's safety if they are deported back to Sri Lanka. 

The Observer this afternoon asked ABF what would happen next to the family, and if they were going to be deported, when that could happen. 

An ABF spokesperson did not respond to those questions and instead said in a statement: "This family's case has been assessed, over many years, by the department, various tribunals and courts, including the High Court of Australia." 

"Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa and who have exhausted all outstanding avenues to remain in Australia are expected to depart to their country of citizenship."    

The spokesperson said the ABF would not comment further on the matter. 

Earlier: SUPPORTERS of a Tamil family facing deportation are desperate for the Federal Government to "show mercy" after the family's final court action was rejected.

The parents Priya and Nades and their daughters Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, have been in a Melbourne detention centre for 15 months after Australian Border Force officers raided their Biloela home.

Today the High Court refused Priya and Kopika's special leave application to appeal last year's Federal Court Ruling that they could not stay in Australia.

The couple came to Australia separately by boat in 2012 and 2013 seeking asylum from Sri Lanka's civil war.

Biloela woman Angela Fredericks said the court's decision was "gut wrenching and devastating".

She said on the morning of the court's decision the family had gone to playgroup for the first time, after months of advocating.    Permission was required to allow the girls to go elsewhere and be able to interact with other children.    "It's something we've been fighting for them to be able to do," Ms Fredericks said.    "They were very much focusing on letting the girls have a nice morning but the decision was still in the back of their minds." 

Ms Fredericks, who leads the Home to Bilo campaign, is calling on residents to phone their local MP to plea for the family's release.

She said they need Immigration Minister David Coleman to intervene to allow the family to return to Biloela.

"Really it's any day they could deport them," she said.

"We want (the minister) to put politics and the election aside and to do the right thing.

"All eyes are on Minister Coleman, it's up to him to step in and show mercy for this family."

Ms Fredericks said the family was growing more fearful about a potential return to Sri Lanka, following suicide bombings on Easter Sunday that killed 257 people.

"They just can't fathom being in that situation again where everyday they're fearful," she said.

"Every second they'll be worrying for their safety and their kids safety."

Tamil Refugee Council spokesperson Aran Mylvaganam said recent conflicts in Sri Lanka showed the family could have a deadly fate if they were forced to return to their home country.

Supporters say the family could be in danger if they return to Sri Lanka because of past links to the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

"Over Easter there was a bomb attack in Nades' and Priy'a home town which has led to emergency laws being introduced and a lot of Tamils are being targeted," Mr Mylvaganam said.

"The security situation has changed in Sri Lanka, which validates our claim that their lives will be in danger if they are deported back."



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