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Gifting him flowers, the Nadesalingam family thank Anthony Albanese for allowing them to return to Biloela

The Nadesalingam Tamil asylum seeker family, who returned to Biloela in central Queensland on Friday, have 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 in Gladstone, about an hour from Biloela, on Wednesday.
Priya, Nades and their daughters Kopika and Tharnicaa are living in Biloela on bridging visas granted by the new government.
They had been on bridging visas in community detention in Perth under rulings made by the Morrison government.
Priya said it was wonderful to return to her community.

“I made quite a few friends, showering love and lots of heart, ” she said. “My mind is relaxed. I am safe now.”

During a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Albanese said he couldn’t promise a date for the family to be permanently settled.

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

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However, Mr Albanese said he could see ‘no impediment’ to the family being settled permanently in Australia.
Family friend Angela Fredericks, who has been campaigning for the family’s return since 2018, said Mr Albanese assured them a solution for permanent residency was on the way.
“We didn’t know if we would actually to get to talk to the prime minister today, but it was so important for Priya and Nades to be able to convey their thanks.”
“It was really heartwarming to watch them embrace the prime minister and to actually thank him,” Ms Fredericks said.

“Today we walk away feeling really reassured, and I guess knowing that we’ve got some more happy days that will be coming.”

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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 that vibe of certainty and peace is just around the corner and means our friends can just start to heal and settle into life in Biloela,” Ms Dendle said.

Mr Albanese and Cabinet ministers were in Gladstone to hold a ‘regional Cabinet’ meeting.

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