The Hon Jim Chalmers MP
Interim Minister for Home Affairs
Today, in my capacity as interim Minister for Home Affairs, I exercised my power under section 195A of the Migration Act 1958 to intervene in the case of the Murugappan family.
The effect of my intervention enables the family to return to Biloela, where they can reside lawfully in the community on bridging visas while they work towards the resolution of their immigration status, in accordance with Australian law.
I have spoken to the family and wished them well for their return.
This decision will allow them to get ‘home to Bilo’, a big‑hearted and welcoming Queensland town that has embraced this beautiful family.
This Government remains committed to Operation Sovereign Borders and keeping people smugglers out of business.
Australian border protection authorities will intercept any vessel seeking to reach Australia illegally, and safely return those on board to their point of departure or country of origin.