While this is a positive step, it still does not allow the Murugappan family to return to their home of Biloela in Queensland, and their situation still has some way to play out in the courts.
The Murugappans have been fighting to stay in Australia for years. All the while, Sri Lanka has one of the worst records of state-perpetrated violence against civilians in the early 21st century.
For the first time, a woman has been appointed to the hawkishly masculine home affairs portfolio. Whether this will bring a change of approach on asylum seekers and other issues remains to be seen.
The court has found the youngest child, Tharunicca, was denied procedural fairness, which means the case against their deportation will continue.
Of the original 31,000 refugees in the ‘fast-track’ visa caseload, nearly 8,200 are yet to have their applications processed. As a result, their lives remain in limbo.
Michelle Grattan discusses the slowing economy, and the response to Channel 9’s decision to host a fundraiser for the Liberal party.
As the Sri Lankan Tamil family from Biloela prepares to learn their fate tomorrow, Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton can’t avoid looking threadbare in terms of humanity.