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Anthony Albanese slams ‘un-Australian’ decision to deport Sri Lankan family

The federal Labor leader has joined the fight to keep the Sri Lankan family from Biloela from being deported.

Several senior Labor figures are publically urging the government to intervene and reverse its decision to send the Tamil family back to Sri Lanka.

The husband, wife and two Australian-born children are being held on Christmas Island, ahead of a last-ditch legal bid.

The government and several courts have repeatedly found the family are not legitimate refugees.

But Anthony Albanese tells Alan Jones an exception should be made and claims their treatment has been “un-Australian”.

“We wouldn’t be changing any of the government’s policies in order to have a bit of commonsense here.

“The key question to answer, is it in Australia’s interests for these people to stay here? Yes, it is.”

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