Australian-born sisters Kopika (right) and Tharunicaa are currently detained on Christmas Island with their parents Priya and Nades.
Australian-born sisters Kopika (right) and Tharunicaa are currently detained on Christmas Island with their parents Priya and Nades.

Biloela family Federal Court ruling expected in days

THE NEXT stage of a Biloela family's fight to return home from detention on Christmas Island is expected on Friday morning, but it's unlikely be the last.

A federal court decision on whether youngest daughter Tharunicaa has a right to apply for a protection visa is expected to be handed down at 9:30am on Friday morning in Melbourne.

The family's lawyer Carina Ford said the judgement would be delivered via phone and then relayed to the family on Christmas Island.

It is far from the end of the road for the family that have been in detention in Melbourne and Christmas Island for more than two years.

Ms Ford said that if the case received a positive result for the family it would either mean going back to the Minister for reconsideration or the beginning of a visa application process for Tharunicaa.

There may be avenues for appeal if the result does not go in their favour.

Family friend and campaigner Angela Fredericks speaks with the family every week and said they were feeling very isolated.

"They don't get their visits anymore or get to go to the rec centre so they're feeling very cooped up," she said.

"We're all exhausted, we're all wanting to get on with our lives and for that family that's here in Bilo.


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