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Anthony Albanese has strongly suggested the Murugappan family will be released from detention and allowed to return to their home in Biloela.

Albanese foreshadowed an announcement coming later today from acting Home Affairs Minister Jim Chalmers which would allow the family to leave community detention in Perth.

The attempted deportation of the Murugappan family was one of the most contentious issues of the previous government.

There were 'happy tears' as the Murugappan family watched the election results unfold.
There were ‘happy tears’ as the Murugappan family watched the election results unfold. (Supplied)

The case had been in and out of court for years, with the immigration minister declining to intervene in their favour.

Labor promised during the campaign if it won the election the Murugappan family could return home to Biloela, ending a long legal battle to remain in Australia.

Labor MP Madeleine King, based in the Western Australian seat of Brand, said the family’s return was a “priority”.

“Our commitment is that the Biloela family will go home to Biloela,” she said.

“I understand they have a community there that adores them and would like them to go home.”

The family have been living in immigration detention on Christmas Island since 2019, after they were removed from their home in Biloela, Queensland by Border Force officers in 2018.
The family have been living in immigration detention since 2018. (Supplied)

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