February 21, 8am. Henry Deane Plaza
It's almost two years since Priya, Nades and their two little QLD-born “cockatoos”, were snatched from their Biloela home and imprisoned by Mr Dutton’s Border Force.
Six months ago, he sent them to Christmas Island, 5,000km from Biloela.
By next week, most of the 544 Australians sent to Christmas Island will be on their way home to friends and family. This little family desperately needs to come home to Biloela, where they are loved and wanted.
Under Australian law, Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge could bring Priya, Nades and their Australian-born girls home to Biloela with the simple stroke of a pen.
Our politicians use this power around 1,000 times a year.
Instead, Mr Dutton and Mr Tudge are forcing this beautiful family to fight their unfair system in the courts.
On Friday 21st February, the Federal Court will hear why two-year-old Tharunicaa should have her right to remain safely in Australia assessed by immigration officials.
But the courts can’t bring our family home to Biloela - only immigration officials or politicians can do that.
Right now, this much-loved family face an unsafe, uncertain future in a war-torn country their two little Queenslanders have never known.
In Biloela, Nades can resume his job at the meatworks. Priya can rejoin community groups. Four-year-old Kopika and two-year-old Tharunicaa can thrive and grow in freedom and safety.
On Friday 21st February, please join this peaceful, family friendly gathering outside the Department of Home Affairs in Sydney (meet at Henry Deane Plaza, 2 Lee Street, Haymarket) and help us show our politicians that is time to bring this beautiful family “home to Bilo”.
PS Bring your cockatoo signs!