UPDATE: We crowd funded the cost of putting a powerful ad in Queensland’s daily newspaper! If you’ve chipped in to make this possible – THANK YOU!!!
Now we need to build an emergency legal fund to ensure Priya can continue exercising her right to appeal to the High Court.
Mr Dutton attacked this beautiful family in a full-page ad in Biloela’s local paper. Can you give Priya and Nades the right of reply by chipping in for a powerful ad in Queensland’s daily newspaper?
My name is Angela. On 5 March last year, Mr Dutton’s Border Force took my friends Priya and Nades and their Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharunicaa, from their home in Biloela, QLD.
Isolation and stress
After almost a year in Melbourne’s harsh detention centre, three year old Kopika and 18 month old Tharunicaa are showing the effects of isolation and stress.
Kopika has no other children to play with. Tharunicaa is not eating properly. Both girls have dental problems and vitamin deficiencies.
Attacked on Australia Day
We all know how Mr Dutton stepped in to help out European au pairs after a few phone calls and e-mails.
Over 180,000 people have signed our petition to bring Priya, Nades and the girls home to Biloela.
But instead of bringing Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa home to Biloela, Mr Dutton chose Australia Day to attack them in a full-page ad in our local paper.
“Illegal” to be born?!?
The ad was riddled with inaccuracy and half-truths. But I couldn’t believe it when Mr Dutton labelled Kopika and Tharunicaa “IMAs”.
Yes, that’s right. To Mr Dutton, these two beautiful little girls born to loving parents in a country Queensland town are “Illegal Maritime Arrivals”.
Kopika and Tharunicaa have never seen the ocean! They’ve never committed a crime - and neither have their peaceful, hard working Mum and Dad. But if Mr Dutton has his way, this beautiful family will be forced to a war-torn country these two Australian-born kids have never known.
This has to stop
Thanks to everyone who supported our last crowdfunder, Priya and Kopika’s legal team have sought leave to appeal to the High Court.
But the courts can’t give Priya and three year old Kopika the right to stay in Australia. At best, they can only send Priya’s case back to the same body that rejected her plea for safety. And Nades and one year old Tharunicaa could still be removed from Australia at any time.
Whatever happens in court, we need the Immigration Minister to intervene to keep this family together, safe in Australia where they belong. That’s why I need to put a powerful ad in Queensland’s daily newspaper.
Emergency legal fund
It’s difficult to predict legal costs in advance. But with fees already running into the tens of thousands, a High Court appeal could cost a further $41,000.
$64,364 is lot of money. But it’s nothing compared to the estimated $1.2 million in taxpayer’s money we believe Mr Dutton has spent to keep this family in detention for a entire year.
With your help, I know we can bring Kopika and Tharunicaa’s story to over 500,000 of their fellow Queenslanders with a powerful newspaper ad. And I know we can build a $41,000 emergency legal fund to take this family’s case all the way to the High Court.
PS If for any reason we can’t use the funds for a newspaper ad or legal fees, I’ll make sure every last dollar goes towards giving this beautiful family the help and support they so desperately need.