The immigration minister, Alex Hawke, has confirmed the Murugappan family will be released from detention on Christmas Island and allowed to reunite on the Australian mainland while they pursue ongoing legal action. Hawke confirmed in a statement on Tuesday morning the family would not return to their local community in Biloela, the Queensland town where the family lived for four years, but instead reside in community detention in Perth, “close to schools and support services” while the youngest child receives medical attention in a Perth hospital.
A majority of voters think a sprint to an early election would be opportunistic, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll.Follow live updates LIVE Updated Show Good morning Welcome to day two of the sitting week and estimates. Today should be a busy one - the department of the prime minister and cabinet is in front of the finance and administration committee today, so that’s a chance for senators to try and find out some more information over what is happening in the prime minister’s space.
The Tamil family from Biloela being held in detention on Christmas Island could soon be allowed back into community detention on the island, the home affairs minister Karen Andrews has flagged.Priya and Nades Murugappan, and their two Australian-born children Kopika and Tharnicaa, were taken from the regional Queensland town of Biloela and put into detention over 1,000 days ago.
The two little girls in the Christmas Island Recreation Centre crèche are like many other children I have met in visits to childcare centres - keen to show me their drawings of rainbows, tell me they can spell their own names, and that their birthdays are coming up.
Tamil refugee family held on Christmas Island for 19 months while the government tries to deport them are depressed and lonely as they fight to stay in Australia
A family of Tamil asylum-seekers removed from the Queensland town of Biloela three years ago are 'struggling and coping' in immigration detention.Priya and Nades Murugappan and their two young daughters have been held on Christmas Island since August 2019 as the government tries to deport them to Sri Lanka, despite a community campaign to let them stay.
Labor senator Kristina Keneally will make her own way to Christmas Island to visit a Tamil family who have been held in immigration detention since 2019, after Peter Dutton cancelled the use of a government aircraft for the trip.Keneally was due to visit Christmas Island on 19 April has part of a parliamentary committee looking at the availability and access to communications infrastructure in Australia’s external territories, and had applied for, and received, permission to visit Priya and Nades Murugappan and their daughters Kopika and Tharnicaa.
Kristina Keneally accuses Peter Dutton of cancelling her trip to meet family detained on Christmas Island for three years just minutes after she was granted access
has accused Peter Dutton of cancelling her trip to visit a Tamil family from Biloela who are being detained on Christmas Island.Senator Keneally, Labor's spokeswoman for Home Affairs, said the Australian Border Force had on Wednesday afternoon confirmed she could visit the family.But she said 22 minutes later she received an email saying Defence Minister Peter Dutton had 'determined that the Special Purpose Aircraft can no longer be made available' for the trip.
Kristina Keneally has accused Peter Dutton of cancelling her trip to Christmas Island, where she was to visit a Tamil family from Biloela who have been detained in the detention centre since August 2019.The Labor senator said she had been granted permission by the Australian Border Force at 4.50pm to visit the detention centre next week and she tweeted she was looking forward to meeting Priya, Nades and their children.
The Morrison government faces fresh calls to allow more than 3,000 Myanmarese citizens to stay in Australia once their visas expire, amid fears about the dangers they face if forced to return home.With more than 600 civilians now estimated to have been killed in violent crackdowns by security forces since the 1 February military coup, Labor has written to Australian ministers to demand help for temporary visa holders and the expansion of sanctions against junta figures.
The new home affairs minister, Karen Andrews, is facing calls to cast “fresh eyes” on the plight of the detained Tamil family from Biloela who have been held in detention on Christmas Island for the past three years.
Zac Efron's younger brother Dylan Efron sparked outrage after flying into Australia from the United States last week.Now the reason the 29-year-old brother of the Hollywood superstar, 33, was able to enter the country has been revealed.
Proposal that Christian Porter can return to ‘full-time salary doing part-time work’ further fuel for fury, Labor says
Labor has questioned whether Scott Morrison should allow Christian Porter to return to his job as attorney general “on a full-time salary but doing the part-time work”.
Q&A host Hamish Macdonald clashes with Labor power broker Kristina Keneally over Australia's vaccine rollout and how far behind we are in comparison to the rest of the world
A federal Labor heavyweight and host of ABC's panel program Q&A have clashed over a Liberal minister's prediction that Australia will meet its vaccination targets.
Parliamentary committee wants to avoid the legislation being used beyond its intention, as was seen with Australia's data retention laws.
The opposition states that ransomware is a jobs and investment destroyer at a time when the Australian economy can least afford it. Two Labor shadow ministry members have called for a national ransomware strategy, one they say is aimed at reducing the number of such attacks on Australian targets. In a report PDF prepared by Shadow Minister for Home Affairs Kristina Keneally and Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications Tim Watts, Labor declared that due to ransomware being the biggest threat facing Australia,
Labor’s deputy Senate leader, Kristina Keneally, says ‘we still have a long way to go to ensure that women feel safe to bring forward allegations and report assault’ Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP During a compelling television interview, the former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins put her finger on what she thought was the problem with working in politics. Higgins has accused an unnamed former colleague – a more senior adviser in the ministerial office she was working in at the time – of raping her in
Home affairs minister Peter Dutton is facing scrutiny over his handling of a grant to the National Retail Association. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian Labor has asked the auditor general to investigate Peter Dutton’s awarding of community safety grants, after revelations the minister asked his department to fast-track a proposal weeks after an industry body made a political donation. The opposition’s home affairs spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, said on Thursday that the awarding of the grant “looks
Australia news live: SA border closes to Melbourne over hotel Covid cluster; Dutton under pressure over grants
Five locally acquired Covid cases linked to a Melbourne quarantine hotel, with a nebuliser believed to have spread the virus. Follow the latest developments live LIVE Updated Cleaners in full personal protective equipment work at the Holiday Inn in Melbourne as more cases Covid linked to the quarantine hotel emerge. Photograph: Diego Fedele/Getty Images Peter Dutton grant 'worse than sports rorts, Kristina Keneally says Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, has attacked the home affairs minister,
‘When voters’ cynicism grows, politicians like Scott Morrison flourish’: Kristina Keneally mentioned the PM’s name 36 times in her National Press Club speech. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP Labor plans on making the government’s record on integrity a cornerstone of its election campaign, as it seeks to highlight “failures” of the last eight years of Coalition government. In her first major speech since “government accountability” was added to her portfolio, Kristina Keneally outlined what she
Kristina Keneally says the government has decided to ‘white out the advice of national security agencies’ that far-right terrorism is a growing threat. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP Labor has accused the government of seeking to “downplay and dismiss” the threat of rightwing extremism in contradiction of national security advice, after the immigration minister, Alex Hawke, denied extremism is on the rise in Australia. Hawke made the comments on Sky News on Thursday morning, and was backed by his Senate