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发布时间:2020-02-17 03:18:44
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aysA Tamil asylum seeker family fighting to stay in Australia have been given two extra days in the country after a Federal Court extended an injunction preventing them from being kicked out. The Federal Court in Melbourne heard the case for two-year-old Tharunicaa, who is currently detained on Christmas Island with her parents Priya and Nadesalingam and four-year-old sister Kopika. A succession of courts, including the High Court, have previously fou

nd the parents and the eldest child are not refugees and do not qualify

for Australias protection. The Federal Court on Wednesday heard Immigration Minister David Coleman had decided not to consider

the case of the family, which had been living in Biloela in central Queensland until they were taken into detention last year. But an in

junction preventing them from being deported from Australia to Sri Lanka has now been extended until 4pm Friday. "Were still in uncertain territory but the fight is not over here," the familys lawyer Carina Ford told reporters outside the court. The family are being held on Christmas Island, where Biloela resident Angela Fredericks arrived on Tuesday afternoon to make sure her friends werent alone if they got deported. "Ive just got confirmation theres no way Im going to be able to see them," Ms Fredericks told AAP. "Even though I cant physically be there, its so they know tha

t someone on the island is there for them. "If the worst happens, I will be shouting at the a

irport to them that we are not letting them go." A dozen AFP officers have been sent to the island, about 2000 kilometres from Perth in the Indian

Ocean, where the family was sent last week by the federal coalition government. The family had been in long-term immigration detention in Melbourne until last Thursday when they were put on a pl

ane for Sri Lanka. But a judge issued a last-m

inute injunction and the family was taken off the plane when it landed in Darwin, before being sent to Christmas Island hours later. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is sticking to his guns on the issue - despite heightened support for the family to remain in the Biloela and wider Australia communities - saying the government wont use its ministerial discretion powers to allow the family to stay. "I understand absolutely the m

otivation and the compassion that Australians have expressed in relation to this case," he told reporters in Melbourne. "But I also know from bitter experience that if you make the wrong calls on these issues, then

you invite tragedy and you invite chaos." Whatever the outcome of Fridays court action, the familys lawyer says their fate will be ultimately be decided Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. Mr Dutton believes parents Priya and Nadesalingam have unfairly dragged their two young, Australian-born children through drawn-out court appeals in an ill-fated bid to stay in the country. Nadesalingam and Priya came separately to Au

stralia by boat in 20

12 and 2013. They met in Australia and had two children before settling in Biloela in Queensland where they were embraced by the local community. Supporters are adamant their fight for the family to remain isnt over. "We must continue to show to the Australian government that this lit

tle family means something to this community," Tamil Refugee Council spokeswomen Niro Kandasamy told the crowd gathered outside the Melbourne court. Australian Associated Press