Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Judge to Deliver Verdict; Family to Learn Their Fate Today

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Judge to Deliver Verdict; Family to Learn Their Fate Today

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Byline: Tegan Annett tegan.annett@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FRIENDS of Biloela couple Priya and Nades are begging Federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to end the family's pain and uncertainty ahead of a federal court decision today.

Judge Caroline Kirton will deliver her verdict on whether they will be forced back to Sri Lanka because of a visa dispute.

On March 5 the family was seized from its Biloela home by Australian Border Force officers and has spent 108 days living in a Melbourne Detention Centre.

The Tamil couple, who sought asylum in Australia between 2012 and 2013, is accused of not meeting the nation's protection obligations.

Former Biloela woman Simone Cameron, who will support the family in court tomorrow, described members as "wonderfully kind, gentle and patient".

Ms Cameron now lives in Melbourne but during her time at Biloela she taught Nades and other migrants English.

"We're really hopeful for a positive outcome tomorrow but because of the complexities of the migration law system it won't be the end of uncertainty for Priya and Nades," she said. …

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