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Sri Lankan couple and their Australian-born children

‘Lankan family won’t be granted exception’

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he cannot allow a Sri Lankan couple and their Australian-born children facing deportation to stay in Australia.

He said any softening of the government’s hardline boats policy would be exploited by people smugglers.

Despite public rallies over the weekend in support of the family and calls from the Labour Party to show “compassion” in the case, Scott Morrison said he would not be granting an exception.

He said, “That’s not how you run strong borders, I do understand the real feeling about this and the desire for there to be an exception but I know what the consequences are of allowing those exceptions.”

The prime minister also encouraged the family to apply to come to Australia once they were returned to Sri Lanka using “the same processes as everyone else anywhere else in the world”.

Meanwhile, an interim injunction blocking the deportation of the family to Sri lanka, has been extended until Wednesday.


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