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Statement from Department of Home Affairs

Statement from a Departmental spokesperson.

  • The Government’s policy is clear; no one who attempts illegal maritime travel to Australia will be settled here.
  • Both adults arrived in Australia illegally by boat. After arriving separately in Australia, they met and married and had two chi
  • The family’s claims to engage Australia’s protection obligations have been comprehensively assessed on a number of occasions by the Department of Home Affairs, various merits review bodies and appealed through multiple courts including the Federal Court to the High Court.
  • At no time has any member of the family been found to be owed protection.
  • The Government’s preference in every case is for foreign nationals who do not hold a valid visa and who have exhausted all outstanding avenues to remain in Australia to depart voluntarily.  Those unwilling to depart voluntarily will be subject to detention and removal from Australia.
  • As the family still has unresolved proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court it would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of the family’s circumstances.
  • The family will continue to receive access to appropriate health and welfare arrangements with specialist arrangements including age-appropriate education, health services and recreational activities in place to support minors.  The Department is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of children and all detainees while in their care.