'At last we feel peace': Nadesalingam family's joy over permanent residency decision
"This government made a commitment before the election that, if elected, we would allow the family to return to Biloela and resolve the family’s immigration status. Today, the Government has delivered on that promise," Mr Giles said in a statement released on Friday afternoon.
Advertisement"This decision follows careful consideration of the Nadesalingam family’s complex and specific circumstances," he said."I extend my best wishes to the Nadesalingam family."Nades and Priya are Tamil asylum seekers who fled persecution from Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2013, arriving by boat in Australia.
After making the town of Biloela their home in 2014, the family was removed by Australian Border Force officers from the town in 2018 after Priya's visa expired.
Mr Giles reiterated the Albanese government would continue to intercept unauthorised vessels seeking to reach Australia and remains committed to Operation Sovereign Borders, the military-led border security program established by the Abbott government in 2013
"I do not want people to die in a boat on a journey when there is zero chance of settling in Australia. This has not changed since the last Government. We are not considering changing this policy," he said.
"Together with Labor’s policy to abolish temporary protection visas, this gives people smugglers a product to sell to desperate families and people.”