Supporting the Biloela Tamil family

RAR National has launched a new campaign (thanks to Yass RAR for the lead!) #HometoBilo By Christmas

RAR has printed Christmas Cards designed for groups to send to politicians.  These are being distributed in late November / early December.  Please contact ">"> if you want copies.

You can also download the Christmas Card here and print out your own copies.  We want to get as many as possible to MPs, Senators and the Prime Minister and Minister Tudge.

20.11.14 Biloela Christmas Card RAR Logo

20.11.14 Biloela Christmas Card _unbranded

Home to Bilo by Christmas Poster
To print an A4 Poster click here, or on the image.

Home to Bilo by Christmas Postcards

You can print these postcards (set of 4) – A4 double-sided.
There is no address on these so you can send to your local MP and State Senators at their electoral office.
Just click here, or on the image.

Senators addresses here
MPs addresses here

We are calling on our member groups and supporters to send postcards to their MPs and State Senators, asking them to urge the Prime Minister to end the detention of this family, and send them home to Biloela, a community who want them there.  Nades worked in the meatworks, now an ‘essential industry’, with labour shortages!

Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge has the power to end the ongoing detention of this family, now isolated on Christmas Island, with a stroke of the pen.  Let’s ask for some humanity for this 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