Slight hope for Biloela family
The federal government insists its border policy has not changed despite the Biloela family’s imminent release from Christmas Island, but it has left the door to permanent resettlement slightly ajar.
The Tamil family will be released from Christmas Island and allowed to live in Perth community detention as their legal bid to remain in Australia permanently is assessed.
But Immigration Minister Alex Hawke insisted the family’s status as unlawful non-citizens was unchanged, and people who arrived by boat found not to be refugees would be deported.
“The Australian government makes clear in everything we do that we are not weakening our resolve on our border protection,” he told reporters on Tuesday.