It’s 2020 and the cruelty continues…
Imprisoned on Christmas Island with their future in limbo, Priya, Nades
and their girls need your help. The legal process is offering a glimmer of hope but there are things you can do right now:
Sign the Change.org petition:
Help the petition reach 300,000 signatures by signing it and sharing this link with your friends. (Refugee Action Collective Qld – Change.org petition)
Petition Update: Queensland-born Kopika is turning 5 – in detention (6 April 2020).
Kopika’s birthday celebration online
Tuesday 12th May from 7.00pm, join our beautiful family’s close friends for a very special, virtual birthday celebration for Kopika, live streamed from Biloela on Facebook events.
Share a photo of yourself on social media
Help us to show how much love we have for Priya, Nades and the girls by sharing a photo of yourself at home with a sign on social media and ‘checking-in’ to Christmas Island on Facebook with the hashtag #hometoBilo.
Make your own sign (try a home-made Biloela cockatoo), and make your post ‘public’ so everyone can see it.
Continue to call and email your local members of parliament and Senators:
The Australian Parliament website has the contact details for Members and Senators, and guidelines for writing to MPs and Senators.
Contact details for State Premiers and Chief Ministers (April 2020)
Contact details for State Attorneys-General (April 2020)
Read these backgrounders to help you frame your questions and comments:
• Explainer: what does the Federal Court decision on the Tamil asylum-seeker family mean? (The Conversation) 17 April 2020
The Biloela family is still held on Christmas Island – and fears
• Christmas Island detention staff ignore coronavirus protection measures:
say Biloela family (SBS) 8 April 2020.
• Australia detained this family on a remote island – alone (PRI – Public Radio International) 24 March 2020.
• Australian Minister Dutton claims he’s saving lives by locking up Tamil family on Christmas Island (IMRV Bremen Germany) 4 February 2020.
Read Graeme Swincer’s research; The Dangers of Sending Asylum Seekers Back to Sri Lanka.
Printable Biloela Postcards –
Print and send to the Minister for Immigration
Change.org petition – 256,501 people have signed – October 2019
Update from Angela Fredericks – 9 September, 2019
Update from Angela Fredericks – 1 July, 2019
Am I the only one who thinks, that in a country like ours, there has to be a better way of handling this? Alan Jones backs the Tamil Family from Biloela
Read Angela’s Update here
Update from Angela – 10 January, 2019
Following the failure of their appeal in the Federal Court just before Christmas, this little family from Biloela could be deported to danger unless David Coleman Minister for Immigration steps in before February 1 2019.
Read the full update to find out how you can help.
Update from Angela Fredericks – 7 August, 2018
On a Friday night six weeks ago, Priya called me, crying and distressed. She’d just been given notice she and her family would be forced from Australia to danger within days. That weekend, Priya’s friends and neighbours gathered in the Biloela Lion’s Park for a candlelight vigil.
We’d written letters. We’d delivered a 100,000 strong petition to Mr Dutton. We’d even persuaded a Liberal Senator to take up our cause. There was no way we were going to give up on this family.
Days before, we’d heard that US airlines were refusing to fly children separated from their parents. We decided to launch a petition calling on Qantas and 11 other airlines to refuse to fly Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa anywhere but home to Biloela.
By the time the weekend was over, thousands of people had signed. Thankfully, Priya’s lawyers managed to postpone the deportation long enough to lodge an appeal with the Federal Court.
Priya’s appeal is set down for the end of this month. But even if Priya’s appeal succeeds, there is no legal barrier to protect husband Nades and baby Tharunicaa from being forced back to danger.
Now, refugee advocates in Sydney and Melbourne are asking Qantas to publicly state that they will not participate in forcing Priya, Nades, Kopika or Tharunicaa back to danger.
Qantas is meeting with human rights advocates! August 10 2018.
Thank you everyone for your continuing support. With your help, I know we can bring this family #hometobilo! Angela.
PS If you haven’t already, please sign and share our petition to Qantas and other airlines.
A few of the reports in the media
- Fight for Tamil refugee family goes on (Central Telegraph) 24/05/19
- Tamil family from Biloela loses last legal bid to avoid being deported (ABC News) 14/05/19
- Biloela family’s anxious wait after Federal Court hearing
(Gladstone Observer) 28/08/18
- Biloela asylum seekers to make new appeal in three days
(Gladstone Observer) 24/08/18
- Why the government is determined to deport a Tamil family from Biloela
- Australian town rallies behind Lankans facing deportation (Gulf Times) 3/05/18
Visit the Home to Bilboela website.