Australia news live: Renewed calls for Biloela family to be resettled, Melbourne enters 12th day of lockdown

Posted by on June 7, 2021 5:42 pm
Categories: Global Stories

Advocates plea for a family detained on Christmas Island to come to Australia after the youngest daughter medically evacuated to Perth

10.40pm BST

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.

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.

10.35pm BST

Just back on the Biloela family, there is some controversy about 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.

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.

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