Tamil asylum seeker family the Nadesalingams granted permanent visas after four-year battle – By Tobias Loftus Source : abc.net.au The Tamil family at the centre of a four-year immigration battle have received permanent visas, ending a community-driven campaign against their deportation. Priya Nadaraja, Nades Murugappan and their daughters Kopika and Tharnicaa have been living in Biloela in regional Queensland since June, after the new Labor government granted them bridging visas. The family previously spent four years in immigration detention after Priya’s visa expired in 2018 and both she and her husband’s claims for refugee status were rejected by the Coalition. The ABC has confirmed the family was visited by the Department of Home Affairs team at their Biloela home today and told they had been granted permanent visas. Family friend and “Home to Bilo” campaigner Angela Fredericks was with the family when officials visited. “They let us know the news the minister was deciding to intervene and use ...

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Scared of hunger, Sri Lankans are willing to risk their lives on boats – By Chris Barrett Source:theage.com.au Sri Lanka/Singapore: At a fish market in Negombo, an hour’s drive north of Colombo, Mallika Fernando had a message for me via my interpreter. “Tell him to take us to Australia by boat,” said the 57-year-old fish seller, as she struggled to offload what she had at her waterfront stall last week She was only half joking. Sri Lanka’s crippling economic collapse has seen the prices of everything – from fish to rice, to petrol – soar, triggering a food security crisis in a nation already bankrupt. Now, as people struggle to make ends meet, some are looking for a way out and the boats towards Australia have resumed. Last month, on the morning of the federal election, a small trawler was intercepted by Australian Border Force west of Christmas Island. Its 12 ...

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With Anthony Albanese at the helm, Labor is projected to win 2022 federal election By political correspondent Brett Worthington Source:-https://www.abc.net.au/ Anthony Albanese will return Labor from the political wilderness to government, seizing power from the Coalition after it has been almost a decade in office. Key points: It remains unclear if Labor will govern in majority or with the support of the crossbench The Liberal Party has suffered major losses to “teal” independents in once-safe Liberal seats Treasurer Josh Frydenberg looks likely to lose, as do Labor frontbenchers Kristina Keneally and Terri Butler While it remains unclear if Labor can form a majority, the ALP is on track to finish ahead of the Coalition and more likely to reach a minority government, the ABC has projected. “The Coalition cannot get into government,” ABC election analyst Antony Green said. This win means Mr Albanese will replace Scott Morrison as Prime Minister, making him ...

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