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Christmas Island: Australian external territory
The Territory of Christmas Island is an Australian external territory comprising the island of the same name. Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean, around 350 kilometres (220 mi) south of Java and Sumatra and around 1,550 kilometres (960 mi) north-west of the closest point on the Australian mainland. It has an area of 135 square kilometres (52 sq mi).

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UN urges Australian government to release Tamil family from Christmas Island

The United Nations has asked the Australian government to release a Tamil family from immigration detention, a lawyer acting for the family has been advised.
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Tamil Biloela family told to get comfortable in detention ahead of long wait

A Tamil family fighting deportation has been told to get used to detention on Christmas Island ahead of a Federal Court trial over their future.
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Tamil family told to get used to detention

A Tamil family fighting deportation has been told to get used to detention on Christmas Island ahead of a Federal Court trial over their future.
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The Biloela Tamil family case is due in a Melbourne court today

The latest legal chapter in the case of a Tamil family, held in detention on Christmas Island, is due to play out in a Melbourne court.
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Case of detained Tamil family due in court

The latest legal chapter in the case of a Tamil family, held in detention on Christmas Island, is due to play out in a Melbourne court.
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Dutton warns case over Biloela ‘anchor babies’ could go on for months

Peter Dutton has warned the Federal Court case over a Biloela family being detained on Christmas Island could drag out for months as he accused the parents of using their child as leverage to seek..
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Biloela Tamil family to stay in Australia for at least another 12 days after case delayed

The Federal Court has delayed the case of two-year-old Tharunicaa by another 12 days as the family remains detained on Christmas Island.
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Biloela Tamil family remain in deportation limbo after court case delayed again

The Federal Court has delayed the case of two-year-old Tharunicaa by another 12 days as the family remains detained on Christmas Island.
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Tamil family detained on Christmas Island to learn outcome of last-ditch bid to stay in Australia

Federal police officers have been sent to Christmas Island ahead of a court decision that will determine the fate of a Tamil family trying to stay in Australia.
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Albanese joins Tamil supporters in Biloela

Federal police officers have been sent to Christmas Island ahead of a court decision that will determine the fate of a Tamil family trying to stay in Australia.
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Peter Dutton won't take 'moral lecture' on Tamil family detained on Christmas Island

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says supporters of the Tamil family fighting their deportation from Australia have made false claims.
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Tamil mother detained on Christmas Island pleads with Scott Morrison to show her family mercy

The Tamil mother embroiled in a dramatic asylum case is pleading with the prime minister to show compassion and allow her family to stay in the country.
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SBS World News bulletin: 31/8/19

SBS News wraps-up all the national and international news including: The latest on protesters defying a police order in Hong Kong, supporters dismayed at the transfer of a Tamil asylum seeker family to..
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National action for Tamil family: Hundreds rally against deportation

Hundreds of people are rallying around Australia to protest the possible deportation of a Tamil asylum seeker family who have been taken to Christmas Island.
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Hundreds to rally in support of Tamil family facing deportation

Hundreds are expected to rally around Australia on Sunday to protest the possible deportation of a Tamil asylum seeker family who have been taken to Christmas Island.
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Supporters outraged as Biloela Tamil family is transferred to Christmas Island

Supporters of a Tamil family facing deportation from Australia have voiced their dismay after they were moved to Christmas Island overnight.
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Biloela Tamil family moved to Christmas Island

A Tamil family has been transferred to Christmas Island overnight after getting a reprieve from deportation from Australia.
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Thirty asylum seekers taken to Australia, but none to reopened Christmas Island: Dutton

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says he doesn't know if any asylum seekers accused of crimes have come to Australia for medical treatment.
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No asylum seekers on Christmas Island

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says he doesn't know if any asylum seekers accused of crimes have come to Australia for medical treatment.
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Christmas Island cash in budget: treasurer

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg insists a $23.7 million budget allocation will be enough to keep Christmas Island open, if the Senate blocks its planned closure.
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'A deterrent': Treasurer defends $185 million Christmas Island detention centre splurge

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says spending $185 million reopening Christmas Island sent a signal to asylum seekers and refugees trying to game the system.
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'It's theatre': Refugee advocates say $185m wasted on reopening Christmas Island

The Christmas Island detention centre would close by July if Morrison's government is re-elected, just months after Scott Morrison warned it was necessary to deal with a flood of sick refugees.
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'It was theatre': Christmas Island detention centre could close without housing a single refugee

The Christmas Island detention centre would close by July if Morrison's government is re-elected, just months after Scott Morrison warned it was necessary to deal with a flood of sick refugees.
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'This is a very responsible budget': Frydenberg speaks with SBS News

Josh Frydenberg speaks with SBS Chief Political Correspondent Brett Mason about the 2019 Budget including the cost to re-open and close Christmas Island.
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Christmas Island detention centre to close, just months after reopening

The government is set to close the Christmas Island detention centre just weeks after warning of an influx of asylum seekers.
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Christmas Island 'closure' savings banked

Scott Morrison is banking a saving of more than $1b based on plans to win the next election and shut down an immigration detention centre on Christmas Island.
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UN human rights chief blasts PM's Christmas Island plans

Michelle Bachelet has urged Australia to adopt "more humane policies" towards refugees.
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Dutton warns of refugees becoming citizens

Healthcare facilities at the newly-reopened Christmas Island detention centre will reportedly be expanded to allow treatment for more than 500 asylum seekers.
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Refugee surgeon who landed on Christmas Island in the 1990s slams PM's reopening plan

A refugee who has become one of the country's leading orthopaedic surgeons has a message for Scott Morrison.
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Christmas Island medical facility boost

Healthcare facilities at the newly-reopened Christmas Island detention centre will reportedly be expanded to allow treatment for more than 500 asylum seekers.
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Morrison defends tour of empty Christmas Island detention centre

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has toured the detention centre on Christmas Island ahead of its reopening.
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Criticism over PM's Christmas Island visit before any medevac applications lodged

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit Christmas Island where the government plans to bring sick asylum seekers, rather than mainland Australia.
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'Dangerous' refugees barred from mainland

The Christmas Island immigration facility will reopen following new laws that allow the easier medical evacuation of asylum seekers in offshore detention.
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Detainees deemed a 'risk' to Australia to be sent to Christmas Island for medical treatment

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit Christmas Island where the government plans to bring sick asylum seekers, rather than mainland Australia.
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Morrison off to inspect Christmas Island

Scott Morrison has dismissed suggestions an upcoming visit to Christmas Island is a taxpayer-funded photo opportunity.
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