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Labor Senator Kristina Keneally, who visited the Biloela family on Christmas Island this year, has fronted media this morning calling on the government to “bring them home”.
She spoke to ABC News Breakfast just before:
The family’s lawyers have put information in front of the minister about [older daughter] Kopika and Tharnicaa’s ongoing physical and mental health impacts of detention.
And this latest emergency – this acute medical emergency – is unfortunately just a most recent example of the ongoing impacts that detention is having on these two little Australian born girls.
Today, I say to the minister, for home affairs, and the Minister for Immigration, it’s time to bring this sorry saga, what we as a country are doing to these two little Australian born girls to an end. Bring them home to Biloela, a town who wants and loves them…
Keneally said the whole family should have been allowed to travel with the 3-year-old on the medivac flight, rather than just her mother Priya.
All of this heartbreak for this family. The last thing they need right now is to be separated from one another and the last thing of course is this little girl, Tharnicaa, needs, is this type of medical emergency.
Just back on the Biloela family, there is some controversy over the level of medical care three-year-old Tharnicaa may have received.
Advocates for the family are alleging the detention centre staff didn’t take Tharnicaa to the hospital on Christmas Island until Sunday, despite multiple requests from her mother.
A spokesperson for the Department of Home Affairs said both the department and the Australian Border Force were committed to the welfare of detainees in immigration detention.
Healthcare services for detainees on Christmas Island are broadly comparable with those available within the Australian community under the Australian public health system…
The ABF facilitates access to nurses, doctors and specialists for all members of the family.
Good morning all,
It’s Matilda Boseley here, ready to dive into this very lovely Tuesday with you.
First up, it’s worth talking about what’s happening to the Biloela family, the Tamil family of four being held in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
The youngest daughter, three-year-old Tharnicaa, has been medically evacuated to Perth with a suspected blood infection, renewing calls from advocates for the government to let the family return to their home in rural Queensland.
A medical evacuation flight carrying Tharnicaa and her mother Priya landed at Perth Airport on Monday evening, advocates for the family confirmed.
They say Tharnicaa had been unwell for 10 days and might have septicaemia, experienced vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness and a temperature of more than 40 degrees.
Her mum Priya has released a short statement about the situation:
I am feeling very scared and worried for my little girl…
She has been sick for many days, it took a long time for her to get to the hospital.
She is already asking for her papa, it is going to be very hard being away from her Dad and sister. It is very hard for our family to be separated when our daughter is sick.
Back in Victoria, the state is entering its 12th day of lockdown (I type from lockdown), and all eyes are on today’s numbers.
Yesterday people were alarmed to see the state record 11 new locally acquired cases on Monday, fearing this would almost guarantee a third week of “stay at home orders”, but it was quickly clarified in the daily press conference that new cases are all close contacts of existing cases or people who are in quarantine, and there weren’t even any fresh exposure sites relating to these cases.
We usually get word on the daily number before 9 am, so I’ll keep you in the loop.
In the meantime, if there is something you reckon I’ve missed or think should be in the blog but isn’t, shoot me a message on Twitter @MatildaBoseley or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: The Guardian
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