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The Biloela family’s sad plight poses a dilemma

Michael McLaren

Michael is joined by Chris Kenny, The Australian newspaper Associate editor (national affairs) & Sky News host of the Kenny Report & Kenny On Media, regarding his recent article that examines the dilemma facing the government if it chooses a hard-line attitude towards the plight of the Biloela family or the compassionate.

 

Mr Kenny writes, ‘A couple who separately risked their lives on people-smuggling voyages to get to Australia almost a decade ago, met and married here before having two children and settling in the regional Queensland town of Biloela, want to stay. It is at once understandable, but a fraught proposition for national border protection policy.’

 

‘The push to grant a compassionate exception to border security rules for the “Biloela family” is one that risks undermining a regime that has led to the elimination of criminal people-smuggling exploitation, saving of lives and enabling of record levels of safe and orderly humanitarian immigration intakes (a compassionate outcome on any score).’

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