Aug 2019 | Deportation of Tamil asylum seeker family interrupted midair by last-minute injunction

Date: 30 Aug 2019

Source: ABC

he family of four were removed from immigration detention last night and placed on a plane which departed Melbourne Airport about 11:00pm.

The plane landed shortly before 3:00am in Darwin, where the family — Nades and Priya and their two children — are being held at a hotel.

The injunction states the Minister for Immigration, David Coleman, is restrained from removing the family of four from Australia until 12:00pm today.

The injunction was granted over the phone by a judge, and a hearing has been listed for 10:00am today before Judge Heather Riley in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in Melbourne.

Reacting to the developments, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the family had been found not to be owed protection.