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The Nadesalingam family thank Anthony Albanese for allowing them to return to Biloela

The family of Tamil asylum seekers Nadesalingam, who returned to Biloela in central Queensland on Friday, thanked Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for allowing them home.
The Nadesalingams brought a bouquet of flowers as a show of gratitude to Mr. Albanese, who met with the family at Gladstone, about an hour from Biloela, on Wednesday.
Priya, Nades and their daughters Kopika and Tharnicaa live in Biloela on the bridge visa granted by the new government.
They were on a bridge visa for community detention in Perth according to the decision of the previous Morrison government.
Priya said it was nice to be back in her community.

“I made so many friends, a loving shower and so many hearts,” she said. “My mind is relaxed. I’m safe now.”

‘No Obstacles’

During a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Albanese said he could not promise a date for the family to be fixed.

He reiterated that the decision rested with Immigration Minister Andrew Giles.

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However, Mr Albanese said he could not see ‘no obstacles’ for the family to settle permanently in Australia.
After their asylum application was returned, Nades and Priya entered into a legal battle to stay in the country, saying they would face persecution if they returned to Sri Lanka. However, legal options are now exhausted.
Family friend Angela Fredericks, who has been campaigning for the family’s return since 2018, said Mr. Albanese assured them a solution for permanent residence was on the way.
“We didn’t know if we would actually come talk to the prime minister today, but it was so important for Priya and Nades to be able to convey their thanks,” he said.
“It was really exciting to watch them embrace the prime minister and thank him.”

“Today we’re going to feel really reassured, and I guess I know we’ve got some more happy days to come.”

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Social worker Bronwyn Dendle, who started the Home to Bilo campaign with Ms Fredericks, said the Nadesingams could now enjoy a sense of security.
“I think the vibe of certainty and peace is just around the corner and it means our friends can just start healing and settling into the life of Biloela,” Ms. Dendle said.

Mr Albanese and cabinet ministers were in Gladstone for a ‘regional cabinet’ meeting.

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