/ 24 September 2021

Murugappan family can stay another year

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The Murugappan family were held in community detention for 2 hours yesterday after their 3-month bridging visas ran out – they had to wait for confirmation that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke had signed off on an extension. That came through for 3 members of the high profile Sri Lankan Tamil family – and they’ve been granted 12-month bridging visas. Their youngest daughter Tharnicaa was not granted a visa prompting questions about why. Her eligibility to apply for a visa to remain in Australia is at the centre of an ongoing legal case. Long story short, not granting Tharnicaa a visa means the family must remain in Perth. Ipso facto, they will not be allowed to return to Biloela in central Queensland, where they lived for 4 years. The family’s case is due back in court early next month.

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