Biloela family's plight aired on national TV
SUPPORTERS of a Biloela family facing deportation are more confident in their lobbying to have them released after their case was heard by Liberal Senator and retired senior army officer Jim Molan.
His support was prompted by two Biloela women - Margot and Marie - who asked him on ABC's Q&A what could be done to have Biloela family Nades, Priya and their two Australian-born children released from detention.
Senator Molan said he would be "very happy" to present their case to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who has the authority to allow the family back to Central Queensland.
On March 5 the family was seized from their Biloela home by Australian Border Force officers amid a Visa dispute which could end their time in Australia.
The Tamil couple, who sought asylum in Australia between 2012 and 2013, are accused of not meeting the nation's protection obligations.
Now they are awaiting a Federal Court date, which they will have three days notice of, to determine their fate.
Senator Molan said while he did not know the full details of the family's case, he would look into it and present it to Mr Dutton, who has the authority to allow the family back to Central Queensland.
"They sound like a lovely family and God bless you for looking after them, because migrants that come to our country, particularly to small country towns, are worth their weight in gold," Senator Molan said.
"I happen to have great faith in Peter Dutton ... I hope that your good family comes back, if there is no technical issues... to Biloela."
Friend Angela Fredericks said Marie and Margot discussed the family's case with Senator Molan after the show.
"They passed on some information and he said he would be speaking with Mr Dutton about this," Ms Fredericks said.
"In terms of the fact that it feels like we're being listened to, it's really good, and to have someone on the inside who can have that conversation with Mr Dutton is helpful."
The plea for their release on national television caused a widespread outcry from refugee and human rights advocates, with the hashtag #hometobilo trending on Twitter on Monday night.
Among the hundreds who tweeted messages with the hashtag was prolific human rights activist Julian Burnside who posted, "Biloela is doing more for Australian values than Peter Dutton does" to his more than 21,000 followers.