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The fight to keep a Tamil family in Australia has started in Melbourne with government lawyers filing last-minute evidence.

Sri Lankan couple Priya and Nades Murugappan and their Australian-born daughters Kopika and Tharunicaa, aged four and two, are detained on Christmas Island.

Government "lawyers decided just prior to the hearing they now wish to file more evidence so we're not in a position to proceed with the second ground today", the family's lawyer Carina Ford explained outside the Federal Court on Friday.

Priya, Nades and Kopika have been refused refugee status and the legal battle hinges on Tharunicaa and her right to apply for protection.

The second ground relates to ministerial use of powers under a section of the immigration act and whether the process was fair.

"It is a bit disappointing to know things aren't quite ready on the minister's side," Ms Ford said.

The lawyer visited the family this month and said they were "holding up ok" but were lonely.

"The conditions where they're living is not great, it's really run down," she said.

The family settled in the Queensland country town of Biloela before being taken to detention in Melbourne in March 2018, then transferred to Christmas Island in 2019.

"We're begging the immigration minister (David Coleman) and home affairs minister (Peter Dutton) to let this family out and let this family go back to Biloela, at least while they go through the legal process," Tamil Refugee Council spokesman Aran Mylvaganam said.

The situation for Tamils in Sri Lanka had also become worse with the election of a new president, he said.

The family remain on the island and the case will continue on Tuesday before Justice Mark Moshinsky.(SBS News)

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  • DillonDP Friday, 21 February 2020 05:29 PM

    Pls come back we would like to talk to you,

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 21 February 2020 08:11 PM

    But better at first send Gota to hell

    SD Friday, 21 February 2020 07:22 PM

    Aran M, Don't talk bullshit. There is no issue whatsoever for tamils in SL. If you want to help this family on humanitarian grounds you may do that. But don't claim that SL is an unsafe country for tamils.

    Devinda Uduwara Friday, 21 February 2020 07:24 PM

    Don't come to the motherland which has been ruined by the politicians and political monks since 1956.

    june macapagal Saturday, 22 February 2020 01:26 PM

    This is a failed stated and who wants to come here. all educated people want to leave this country and run away seeking better pastures. Only it is good country for the bankrupt politicians and their families.

    CharmarIe Gune Saturday, 22 February 2020 02:07 PM

    Veeraya - no one has ruined the country and the citizens are in majority than the politicians. Your voice will be heard and it is safe to return. There are so many tamils living without any fear. You may be giving this as an excuse to get into Australia. Try your luck!

    Samson Saturday, 22 February 2020 06:51 PM

    It is unfair to deport children born in Australia, they can't stay without parents. It is not true that SL is unsafe only for Tamil speaking people. Some of them assume so.


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