The Biloela family changes fortunes after the election results
PM: Because we felt safe in Biloela and had a peaceful life with our family. And my children were born there. And we had a really peaceful and happy life. Biloela is our residence. And we love the community because they’ve always been nice people. So we were very lucky to have these people in our lives. It was such a beautiful community that there was a quick connection between us and them. They helped give us hope and they are the reason we are still fighting to get back there, home. Our daughters always ask, “When are we going to return to Biloela, to our safe and happy life, to our home?”
Fitz: What do you remember when, in 2018, Australian Border Force raided your home at dawn, to take you all into custody?
PM: It was horrible and terrible. I don’t have the words to say it. You know, I was still in my nightgown and my kids were still in bed. And 50 people, with police, arrived at dawn. And we were put in a vehicle, and they wouldn’t even let us pack or change clothes. I was put in a police car, in my nightgown. It was horrible. They treated us very badly and without humanity. We couldn’t even get a bottle for the baby, or a change of clothes.
Fitz: What was Christmas Island like?
PM: It was a life that was not suitable for children. We were put in a box and not allowed to go out except at school [with guards accompanying my daughter]. The whole family had to stay in one room, with a bed. There were also many other problems: not enough medical facilities and I felt harassed. It was a very terrible way to live.
Fitz: Your youngest daughter, Tharnicaa, was medically evacuated to Perth last June. Has she recovered from her medical issues?
PM: Thank you. She is still affected by the pneumonia she had. She still sees a doctor sometimes, because she lost weight and did not feel normal. But she is slowly getting better. Thank you.
Fitz: Four-year-old Tharnicaa is now in community detention without a visa. Why, of you four, is she the one considered a hazard to navigation? Why can’t she get a relay visa too?
PM: I do not know. It seems a very unjustified thing to do, which is done to justify the punishment that has already been meted out to us. I don’t know why they are so cruel to us, to a four-year-old child born in Australia. I feel like it’s like a punishment for us.
Fitz: When the girls are older and they ask you “Mom, why did the Australian government spend $60 million to stop us from entering Australia when we had a community to go to and we didn’t weren’t dangerous”, what will you answer?
PM: I will tell them that as a family, we are not responsible for this money spent. We were used to support government policies. It was never about us. It was about keeping the government in power. I recorded videos and photos and everything about how we live our life in detention. So I’ll show them so they don’t forget. This is how we were put in a box with only one bed and had a very limited life. They say they “spend the money on the refugees”, but the reality is that they only pay for the guards. We were treated very badly. And I’m going to make my daughters understand that’s what happened to us.
Fitz: The Australian government has declared that you are not genuine refugees, claiming that you are “unlawful non-citizens”. What do you think would happen if you were to be sent back to Sri Lanka?
PM: We are real refugees. We face torture if we return. I have faced horrible things in my life and I still bear the scars. There is only one ministry that decides whether or not we are legal refugees or not. Even the court does not decide. I feel like the justice system is broken.
Fitz: The last asylum seekers and refugees who were transferred to Australia for medical treatment were released in Melbourne last week. Why are the last four left?
PM: I don’t know what’s going on with our situation, but I think they’re holding us back to justify what they’ve done to us so far, destroying my children’s hope. I go to bed every night with tears and I wake up with hope, but each time our hope is destroyed and at night it’s tears again. This is a very unpredictable situation for us.
Fitz: You have been in community detention. Labor said if they win this election you will get visas and be allowed to return to Biloela. Do you feel that the fate of your family depends on the outcome of the elections?
PM: We hope that our situation will change because we have been punished by this government for four years. But I feel hope for the next election and that it will bring some hope to our family.
Fitz: Do you ever feel bitter about your treatment?
PM: I am disgusted with the way we were treated. That’s not how you treat humans. Sometimes I feel really depressed. It happens to me and I ask God: “why did it happen?” We didn’t do anything wrong, so why is my family being punished? We respect Australia and have complied with its rules and regulations. We had a wonderful life in Biloela, with this community. We love them and we follow all laws. So why do people outside treat us like this? So I have this question. Why? What have we done?
joke of the week
My child: I feel like you’re always making up rules and stuff.
Me: Like what?
My child: As if I didn’t clean my room, a portal will open and take me to another dimension.
Me: Well, that’s what happened to your older brother.
My child: What big brother?
Tweet of the week
“Deidre Chambers! greg Jericho on Twitter, in response to the Prime Minister denying any knowledge of how Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet’s texts supporting his outrageous stance on trans athletes were leaked to the media
“We want to take a cautious and proportionate approach as we enter the colder months when we know we could have the flu circulating at higher levels. We have to coexist with COVID-19, but we cannot ignore it. NSW Director of Health Dr Kerry Chant on the relaxation of COVID rules this week
“My opponents, parts of the left-wing media and the twittersphere have repeatedly called for me to be disapproved due to past statements. I have been bullied in the most despicable way and received death threats. I’m not going anywhere, as the Prime Minister said yesterday. Warringah Liberal Party candidate Katherine Deves clings to a grim death. What about trans athletes Ms. Deves? You don’t think your comments help to legitimize the bullying they suffered?
“I’m glad she apologized and encourage her to sit down and work with the trans community and their families to better understand how these kinds of comments can affect them.” MP Trent Zimmerman, trying to sound balanced and reasonable about Katherine Deves.
“As you all know, it takes a lot of women and people to organize this important annual event. And like many businesses and organizations, we have been impacted by COVID. Tracy Bonfante for the Country Women’s Association, announcing on Monday that the NSW CWA tearoom at the Royal Easter Show had been closed because some of her volunteers had contracted COVID-19, meaning there was no of scones.
“These dangers are small, but poorly understood and not yet well managed.” Toby Ord of the Future of Humanity Institute in Oxford, suspicious of a NASA proposal to reveal Earth’s location. Researchers from the US space agency have backed a broadcast message, dubbed the “Beacon in the Galaxy”, intended to greet extraterrestrial intelligences. Teleport me, Sco. . . Oh wait!
“The draft business case will be reported to the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, and also presented at an advisors workshop, before being reported back to the regular board meeting in June 2022, accompanied by a community engagement plan.” Inner West Council chief executive Peter Gainsford explains how easy it will be for reluctantly merged inner city councils to break away.
“$46 per week.” Scott Morrison, asked Perth if he knew what the JobSeeker rate was. (It’s $46 per day)
“I misspoke.” Scott Morrison later asked how he got it wrong.
“I wish they would stop talking about historical issues like the stopping of boats. What are they doing in the present – like the people left homeless by the floods in Lismore. Fiona Lewis, giving her perspective as an audience member during the first debate between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese.
“What we are seeing in New South Wales is globally unique. The world is watching what NSW is doing. The decline is real, but it has been accelerated by COVID-19 restrictions. » Professor Andrew Grulich, head of the HIV epidemiology and prevention program at the Kirby Institute, as New South Wales reported its lowest number of new HIV infections on record last year with the goal of eliminating the virus in the state now “well within reach by 2025.” This achievement would make New South Wales one of the first places in the world to eliminate HIV ahead of the global goal of 2030, according to public health experts.
“Jenny and I have been blessed, we have two children who didn’t have to go through this. And so for parents, with children with disabilities, I can only try to understand your aspirations for those children. And then I think that’s the beauty of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Scott Morrison during his first campaign debate with Anthony Albanese.