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3 years ago, they took Priya’s family at dawn

Angela Fredericks
BILOELA, Australia

Mar 4, 2021 — 

Friends, it’s three years to the day since the guards took Priya and her family from their Biloela home. And today on Christmas Island, two little QLD-born girls will wake to the start of their fourth year of detention.

Prime Minister Morrison could bring this family home to Biloela today by asking one Minister to circle one word in one document - can you give his office a quick, polite call on 02 6277 7700 now?

If you're having trouble getting through, please tap here to call your government MP or tap here to call your goverment Senators - and try again later.

Biloela gets up early. We have to. That’s how we keep the local abattoir, nitrate plant and power station running.

So when the guards came at 5am, Priya’s husband Nades was up and ready for another day at the meatworks. With a nine-month-old and a three year old to care for, Priya was awake too.

Kopika and Tharnicaa were asleep in their beds. A neighbour heard Priya scream in terror as the guards separated her from her precious girls. And then they were gone.

Can you make a polite call to Prime Minister Morrison’s office and tell him enough is enough? Tap through to our action page for tips on what to say and let me know how it went.

Today I was up at 5am too. I went down to Biloela’s Lions Park with candles and cockatoos for a vigil to mark three years since the Priya, Nades and the girls were taken from our town.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been fighting for this family for so long. But Biloela people don’t give up easily.

Just as we said in March 2018, we won’t stop until this family is safely home in Biloela, where they are wanted and welcome.

After your call to Mr Morrison, please tap here to join one of the many peaceful #HometoBilo vigils happening around Australia tonight.

Wherever you are, you can download and print a #HomeToBilo cockatoo to put in your street-facing window or on your letterbox or fence.

If you can't join a group vigil, please stand in your doorway or driveway with a candle at dusk and send me a message through the #HometoBilo Facebook page with photos to share.

Thank you, as always, for everything. Soon, I hope we will be celebrating the day Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharnicaa come home to Biloela - and you will all be welcome!

In hope,


PS After you've called Mr Morrison - or if you're having trouble getting through - please tap here to call your government MP and tap here to call your government Senators.

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