Last ditch pitch for Tamil family to stay – News Report

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Supporters of a Tamil asylum-seeker family facing imminent deportation to Sri Lanka have made a last minute pitch to the federal government to step in on eve of an election.

A handful of friends of the family have made the journey from the little town of Biloela in central Queensland to Immigration Minister David Coleman’s marginal Sydney seat and asked him to intervene.

Angela Fredericks said they handed over a petition of more than 190,000 signatures belonging to people who want Priya, her husband, Nadesalingam, and their Australian-born daughters Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 23 months, to stay in Australia.

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