Dutton warns case over Biloela ‘anchor babies’ could go on for months

The Home Affairs Minister also accused Priya and Nadesalingam of using their children to justify their migration case.

12.9.2019

The Home Affairs Minister also accused Priya and Nadesalingam of using their children to justify their migration case.

Peter Dutton has warned the Federal Court case over a Biloela family being detained on Christmas Island could drag out for months as he accused the parents of using their child as leverage to seek asylum.

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has warned the fate of a Biloela family being detained on Christmas Island may not be decided for months. Speaking to 2GB, Mr Dutton said the long-running fight for Australian protection had cost taxpayers"literally millions of dollars", saying there was no immediate end in sight to their Federal Court case. Priya and Nadesalingam and their two children Kopika, 4, and Tharnuicaa, 2, have been held on Christmas Island since plans to deport the family were blocked by a last minute injunction. Priya and Nadesalingam and their two children were happily living in Biloela in central Queensland. Supplied In his interview with 2GB presenter Ray Hadley, Mr Dutton made reference to so-called “anchor babies” – a term used for instances when families use their children to help justify their migration cases. “We see that overseas in other countries – anchor babies, so-called – and the emotion of trying to leverage a migration outcome based on the children,” he said. “It’s been made very clear to them at every turn that they were not going to stay in Australia and they still had children.” The Sri Lankan couple came separately to Australia by boat several years ago before marrying, having two children and settling in the central Queensland town of Biloela. They are now in detention on Christmas Island as the Federal Court decides whether the youngest child is eligible for protection in Australia. READ MORE Biloela residents travel to Canberra to plead Tamil family's case Supporters of the family rejected the 'anchor babies' accusation. “The facts are that the conditions of Nades’ visa prevented him from leaving and then returning to Australia," said family friend Simone Cameron. "After arriving in Australia in 2012, Nades was issued a bridging visa that did not allow him to exit and return to Australia, making what Mr Dutton says untrue and simply impossible - the Minister should know that.” The family is awaiting a court hearing later this month to decide on the asylum claim for their youngest daughter. Mr Dutton said the latest legal challenge could take months to resolve. "I think it will go on now for potentially a couple of months because lawyers will try and delay and that's part of the tactic," he said. Supporter's of the Biloela Tamil asylum seeker family gather outside of the Federal Court in Melbourne. AAP "They think that if they delay, they can keep the pressure up on the government and we'll change our mind in relation to this case." Labor's home affairs spokeswoman, Kristina Keneally, first raised the prospect of debate around the Biloela family straying into"anchor baby" territory during an ABC radio interview last week. READ MORE "This is an importation, quite frankly, of an American debate about so called 'anchor babies' and the law is very different in the United States where citizenship is accorded to anybody born on American soil," she said. "That is not the law in Australia so it's an importation of that debate." Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration Kristina Keneally speaks to the media in Adelaide. AAP Senator Keneally said the real issue at hand was that Biloela locals and Australians more broadly had embraced the family and want them to be integrated into the community. "It's not simply the act of having a child," she said. Mr Dutton said the government’s position remained firm. “We’ve looked at these cases very closely. These people are not refugees,” he said. “There are 6,000 people behind them who have similar family compositions.” “I don’t know if you say yes to this family that you can say no to the 6,000 behind.” Additional reporting: AAP Read more: SBS News

The absolute definition of a psychopath... I am disgusted by such cruelty ... Let the Tamil family to go back to their home Biloela HomeToBiloela MSMWatchdog2013 What a brute. The parents have not used their kids in that way. Hundreds of thousands of Australians think the deportation is bastardy. That deliberate misrepresentation of the facts is despicable and unbecoming of a parliamentarian. But expected from this lot.

What a shocker that Mr Potato Head is a see you next time. The walking abortion wants to have a crack about anchor babies! Hopefully it takes close to eight years... That way the little girls will be eligible for citizenship... That maybe so but professional assessors, even artificial almighty ones such as Dutton, aren't allowed to offer up their own opinions - it makes their decisions appear personal and prejudiced.

Bollard Head If your and family's life were in danger, you'd look for leverage, too.

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Tamil family supporters call for meeting with PM | Sky News AustraliaFriends of the Tamil family - currently held in detention on Christmas Island - have travelled from Biloela to Canberra in hope of speaking with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. \n\n“We really just wanted to come down and hopefully get five minutes of the Prime Minister’s time to really put our case forward to him why this family is so important to us and why we want them back in Biloela,” family friend Angela Fredricks said.\n\nThe Prime Minister has so far rejected calls to use ministerial discretion to grant the family a permanent visa, warning it would re-ignite the people smuggling trade.\n\nThe family of four will remain in Australia until September 18 after the Federal Court extended an injunction preventing the government from deporting the youngest daughter.\n\nImage: News Corp Australia Similar to the way Bob Brown traveled to Adani? Yeah didn’t work then won’t work now Wtf part of ILLEGAL and 8 COURT RULINGS don't they get? letthemstay Thumbs down please

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