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A Tamil asylum seeker family detained in a facility in the Christmas Islands has had no communication with the federal government about the prospect of being sent to the US or New Zealand. Murugappan family lawyer Carina Ford responded Wednesday to suspicion that the two countries are likely travel destinations as the government continues to refuse requests to stay in Australia. “Regarding the file, we and our customers were not approached by the government – we wrote to the Home Office to ask why,” tweeted Ms. Ford. The family has been on the island off the coast of Western Australia for two years after they Has been removed from her home in Biloela, Queensland by federal agencies. The Interior Ministry had threatened to send them back to Sri Lanka despite family requests that they be targeted. On Tuesday, Home Secretary Karen Andrews said “a number of relocation options” are under negotiation. Secretary of State Marise Payne later expanded that statement, saying the US and New Zealand were options. “I know that Home Secretary Andrews has indicated that there are two options there and that the United States and New Zealand are both in the frame,” she told Sydney Radio 2GB. The family has an ongoing legal process related to their case that would normally preclude a sudden change in their resettlement status. Family supporters will be holding candlelight vigils in Perth – where the youngest daughter is battling a blood infection – and Sydney on Wednesday. Three-year-old Tharnicaa is being treated at the city’s children’s hospital after she and her mother, Priya Murugappan, were evacuated from the island earlier this week. The potentially fatal blood infection has been linked by supporters to untreated pneumonia. “We had two treatment delays here that led to this hot spot,” said family supporter Angela Fredericks on Tuesday. Priya says her daughter was sick for almost two weeks and medical contractors from the immigration detention center repeatedly refused to take her to the hospital. “I want to thank everyone for their love and good wishes,” Priya said in a video message as she cradled her daughter. “I hope that Tharnicaa can now get the help she needs. Please help us get her out of custody and bring her to Biloela.” Contractor IHMS said in a statement to AAP on Wednesday that the child had received “adequate and timely medical care”. “For data protection reasons, we cannot answer specific questions about medical treatment and the condition of the individual.” IHMS and its employees take the health and well-being of all of our customers very seriously and work tirelessly to support all those in our care. ”The Home Office and the Australian Border Force said Tharnicaa on Christmas Island is in accordance with medical advice Received medical treatment and daily monitoring. Minors were transferred to a hospital in Western Australia, “said one official.” The Australian Border Force firmly rejects any allegations of inaction or mistreatment of those in their care. “Inmates’ health care is” broadly comparable “. with the one on the mainland, Priya, her husband Nades and their Australian-born daughters Tharnicaa and Kopika, 6, have been in custody since 2018. and on Christmas Island since August 2019. The government has previously vowed not to permanently relocate anyone who arrives illegally by boat take place in front of the hospital on Wednesday evening and in Sydney City Hall on Thursday. Australian Associated Press

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A Tamil asylum seeker family detained in a facility in the Christmas Islands has had no communication with the federal government about the prospect of being sent to the US or New Zealand.

Murugappan family lawyer Carina Ford responded Wednesday to suspicion that the two countries are likely travel destinations as the government continues to refuse requests to stay in Australia.

“Regarding the file, we and our customers were not approached by the government – we wrote to the Home Office to ask why,” tweeted Ms. Ford.

The family has been on the island off the Western Australian coast for two years after being removed from their home in Biloela, Queensland by federal authorities.

The Interior Ministry had threatened to send them back to Sri Lanka despite family requests that they be targeted.

Home Secretary Karen Andrews said Tuesday that “a number of relocation options” were being negotiated.

Secretary of State Marise Payne later expanded that statement, saying the US and New Zealand were options.

“I know Home Secretary Andrews has indicated that there are two options there and that the United States and New Zealand are both in the frame,” she told Sydney Radio 2GB.

The family has an ongoing legal process related to their case that would normally preclude a sudden change in their resettlement status.

Family supporters will be holding candlelight vigils in Perth – where the youngest daughter is battling a blood infection – and Sydney on Wednesday.

Three-year-old Tharnicaa is being treated at the city’s children’s hospital after she and her mother, Priya Murugappan, were evacuated from the island earlier this week.

The potentially fatal blood infection has been linked by supporters to untreated pneumonia.

“We had two treatment delays here that led to this hot spot,” said family supporter Angela Fredericks on Tuesday.

Priya says her daughter was sick for almost two weeks and medical contractors from the immigration detention center repeatedly refused to take her to the hospital.

“I want to thank everyone for their love and good wishes,” Priya said in a video message as she cradled her daughter.

“I hope that Tharnicaa can now get the help she needs. Please help us get her out of custody and bring her to Biloela.”

Contractor IHMS said in a statement to AAP on Wednesday that the child had received “adequate and timely medical care”.

“For data protection reasons, we cannot answer specific questions about the medical treatment or the condition of the person.

“IHMS and its employees take the health and well-being of all of our customers very seriously and work tirelessly to support everyone in our care.”

The Home Office and the Australian Border Force said Tharnicaa received medical treatment and daily monitoring on Christmas Island in accordance with medical advice.

“As soon as the ABF was informed by the treating doctors that the minor needed medical treatment in Western Australia, the minor was transferred to a hospital in Western Australia,” an official said.

“The Australian Border Force strongly denies any allegations of inaction or mistreatment of those in its care.”

The health care of the prisoners was “largely comparable” with that on the mainland, said the government.

Priya, her husband Nades and their Australian-born daughters Tharnicaa and Kopika, 6, have been in custody since 2018, on Christmas Island since August 2019.

The government has previously vowed never to permanently relocate anyone who arrives illegally by boat.

The vigils take place in front of the hospital on Wednesday evening and in Sydney City Hall on Thursday.

Australian Associated Press