Refugee support advocates gather ahead of a hearing at the Federal Court in Melbourne (AAP Image/Julian Smith)
Friends of a Biloela family stuck in detention on Christmas Island will go to Parliament House with more than 250,000 signatures supporting their release.
Angela Fredericks visited Christmas Island last week to support the Tamil asylum-seekers, who a court ruled cannot be deported until September 18.
She and other supporters will on Wednesday hand over a change.org petition with more than a quarter of a million signatures, one of the largest petitions the platform has hosted.
Biloela’s Angela Fredericks and Bronwyn Dendle are in Canberra to deliver 250,000+ petition signatures to PM. All of us want Priya, Nades, Kopika, Tharunicaa home in Bilo. Will you @ScottMorrisonMP meet with them and listen to Australians? #HomeToBilo @HometoBilo pic.twitter.com/nePrdg35q8— Marcella Brassett (@MarcellaBrasset) September 10, 2019
“Our campaign is about love. We love our friends and we want them to come home to Biloela. This family is our family. We will never give up on our friends and family.” #hometobilo pic.twitter.com/njqaQHnjzM— Sally Rugg (@sallyrugg) September 10, 2019
The family settled in the Queensland town of Biloela before being taken into detention.
Justice Mordy Bromberg made a ruling in Melbourne on Friday restraining the government from forcibly deporting the family until an interlocutory hearing.
The family could remain in detention for months if the matter goes to a "full and final hearing" after September 18.
Their legal case hinges on two-year-old Tharunicaa Murugappan and her right to apply for a protection visa, amid claims she would be subjected to "serious harm" in Sri Lanka.
Despite being Australian-born, Tharunicaa is deemed an "unauthorised maritime arrival" under the Migration Act, which stipulates children of asylum seekers who arrive in the country by boat cannot apply for a visa.
A succession of courts have ruled her parents Priya and Nades and four-year-old sister Kopika are not refugees and do not qualify for Australia's protection.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has ruled out using his discretionary powers to allow the family to stay, claiming "the boats will restart" if he does.
His government last week revealed the boats never stopped coming, with six fleeing Sri Lanka in recent months.
Labor senator Kristina Keneally says Mr Dutton has used his discretionary powers more than 4000 times.
A GoFundMe page set up to pay the family's $300,000 deportation bill has so far raised more than $99,000.
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