#hometoBilo

Supporting the Biloela Tamil family

A huge community effort has shown support for Priya, Nades, Kopica and Tharunicaa, the Tamil family from Biloela.  After over 2.5 years in detention, the support for this family has not waivered.

They have been detained on Christmas Island since August 2019.  Keep in touch with what’s happening on the Home To Bilo site

The petition in support of this family is still active – over 355,000 people have signed it now (Sept 2020).  Get behind it!

The town have set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise $1,000,000: https://www.gofundme.com/f/HomeToBilo.  This fund was set up in 2019 but is still active today.  Funds are used to pay for legal expenses mainly.  In April 2020, the Federal Court ruled Tharunicaa’s original asylum bid was “not afforded procedural fairness” by the Federal Government.

The Federal Government was ordered to pay $206,000 in legal costs   but the Minister for Home Affairs has lodged an appeal which means that the Government does not pay these legal costs, pending the outcome of the appeal.  So friends have to raise the money for these legal costs.  It never ends.

It is well known that this could turn this family’s desperate situation into a “win-win” not just for Biloela, but for country towns across Australia.
They have asked people to “please support our crowdfunding campaign”, but have said that even if you can’t donate, keep picking up the phone to call your MP.

Photos from a recent vigil to support the Tamil family at Wangaratta involving RAR groups from Mansfield, Wangaratta, Benalla, Beechworth and Harrietteville with Independent member for Indi Helen Haines.

Marie Sellstrom, RAR president, with Angela Fredericks in Biloela – August 2018