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Tamil is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken by the Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka, and by the Tamil diaspora, Sri Lankan Moors, Chindians, and Douglas. Tamil is an official language in three countries: India, Sri Lanka and Singapore. In India, it is the official language of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Furthermore, Tamil is used as one of the languages of education in Malaysia, along with English, Malay and Mandarin. Tamil is spoken by significant minorities in the four other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.

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Hindi, Tamil among new languages to be taught in NSW schools

NSW has added five new languages to its curriculum.
SBS - Published

Dutton labels Biloela kids 'anchor babies'

Peter Dutton has labelled the children of a Biloela-based Tamil family facing deportation 'anchor babies' and expressed frustration about their legal battles.
SBS - Published

Biloela residents travel to Canberra to plead Tamil family's case

Biloela locals have travelled to Parliament House to present a petition signed by 250,000 Australians urging the government to allow a Tamil family to stay in Australia.
SBS - Published

Watch: Tamil family supporters gather to hear Federal Court decision

Watch here on SBS News for breaking national and international news.
SBS - Published

Refugee rejection is more complex than a soundbite: why Tamil family should stay

The system is designed to work against asylum seekers who arrive by boat.
The Age - Published

'The Tamil family are not refugees': Biloela MP says a decision can't come soon enough

The local Biloela MP, Ken O'Dowd, has weighed in on the pending decision of a Tamil family facing deportation.
SBS - Published

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.
SBS - Published

Watch: Federal Court to decide on Tamil family protection claim

Watch here on SBS News for breaking national and international news.
SBS - Published

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.
SBS - Published

Tamil family's desperate battle to remain in Australia returns to court today

A Tamil family desperate to remain in Australia is set for another legal bout, with the Federal Court to consider their two-year-old's case.
SBS - Published

Peter Dutton more interested in helping mates' au pairs than Tamil family, Anthony Albanese says

Labor Leader Anthony Albanese has questioned why Peter Dutton intervened to save two au pairs from deportation, but won't allow a much-loved Tamil family to stay.
SBS - Published

Scott Morrison says exception for Tamil family 'an invitation to people smugglers'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says granting an exception to a Tamil family because of a "public reaction" would encourage more people to come by boat.
SBS - Published

Morrison says exception for Tamil family would trigger influx from Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says granting an exception to a Tamil family because of a "public reaction" would encourage more people to come by boat.
SBS - Published

Australia intercepts Sri Lankan boat with 13 asylum seekers: government

Australia's military intercepted a Sri Lankan boat carrying 13 asylum-seekers last month, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said on Monday, as Canberra sought to defend the relocation of a Tamil..
Reuters - Published

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.
SBS - Published

Tamil mother 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.
SBS - Published

SBS World News bulletin: 01/09/19

SBS News wraps-up all the national and international news including: violent clashes ramp up in Hong Kong, the latest deadly shooting in the US state of Texas and a Tamil mother's desperate plea to the..
SBS - Published

Thousands rally across Australia in support of Tamil family

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been accused by the Greens of taking pleasure in others' suffering, after refusing to let a Tamil asylum seeker family stay in Australia.
SBS - Published

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.
The Age - Published

Rallies planned across Australia to bring Tamil family home

Rallies will be held in all capital cities in Australia and the town of Biloela on Sunday, calling on the federal government to save a Tamil family from deportation.
SBS - Published

Australians rally on Father's Day to bring Tamil family home

Rallies will be held in all capital cities in Australia and the town of Biloela on Sunday, calling on the federal government to save a Tamil family from deportation.
SBS - Published

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.
The Age - Published Also reported by •SBS

Tamil family moved to Christmas Island

A Tamil family has been transferred to Christmas Island overnight after getting a reprieve from deportation from Australia.
SBS - Published

Exclusive: Tamil family 'relieved' after five-day reprieve for daughter

A Tamil family from Biloela has been granted another temporary reprieve from deportation after the Federal Circuit Court extended an injunction until 4 September.
SBS - Published

Deportation of Biloela family a 'heartbreaking' blow for other Tamil refugees: Advocates

The hashtag #HometoBilo has become the top trending topic on Twitter, as thousands of Australians ask the federal government to stop a Tamil refugee family from being deported to Sri Lanka.
SBS - Published

Tamil family get five-day reprieve from deportation after court hearing

A Tamil family from Biloela has been granted another temporary reprieve from deportation after the Federal Circuit Court extended an injunction until 4 September.
SBS - Published

'Let them stay': Tamil family supporters call on federal government to overturn deportation

The hashtag #HometoBilo has become the top trending topic on Twitter, as thousands of Australians ask the federal government to stop a Tamil refugee family from being deported to Sri Lanka.
SBS - Published

Keneally calls on PM to show 'Christian leadership' on Tamil family case

Labor's Kristina Keneally has called on the Prime Minister to act as a Christian and stop the deportation of a Tamil family whose two children were born in Australia.
SBS - Published

Tamil family doesn't 'deserve' protection, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says

A Tamil family at the heart of a long battle against deportation must accept that they do not qualify for Australia's protection, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says.
SBS - Published

Tamil family land in Darwin after last-minute injunction blocks deportation

A Melbourne judge has granted a last-minute interim injunction to stop a family of four Tamil asylum seekers from being deported to Sri Lanka.
SBS - Published

'Let them stay': Melbourne protesters call to save Queensland Tamil family

Protesters addressed the demonstration to speak about how the Tamils from Biloela, in central Queensland, were suffering while in detention and could be at risk of deportation.
The Age - Published

'Let them stay': Melbourne rally held for Tamil family facing deportation

Melburnians have gathered in the heart of the city, calling on Australia's federal immigration minister to save a Tamil asylum seeker family from deportation.
SBS - Published

Vic protesters call to save Tamil family

Melburnians have gathered in the heart of the city, calling on Australia's federal immigration minister to save a Tamil asylum seeker family from deportation.
SBS - Published

Australian airlines urged not to deport Tamil family from Biloela

Supporters of a Tamil family facing imminent deportation have stepped up the fight to keep them in Australia, by urging Qantas, Virgin and other airlines to refuse to fly them to Sri Lanka.
SBS - Published

Mother of injured toddler held in Melbourne detention centre issues desperate plea

The asylum seeker family of an injured Tamil toddler has urged the Home Affairs Minister to allow their to return to the Queensland community of Biloela.
SBS - Published

Mother of injured Tamil toddler pleads for family's return to Biloela

The asylum seeker family of an injured Tamil toddler has urged the Home Affairs Minister to allow their to return to the Queensland community of Biloela.
SBS - Published

Two-year-old Tamil girl back in detention and recovering after delayed treatment for head injury

A two-year-old Tamil asylum seeker is back in detention in Melbourne after receiving treatment for a head injury.
SBS - Published

Concerns for two-year-old Tamil refugee's health

Concerns are held for the health of a two-year-old Tamil asylum-seeker family being held in an Australian detention centre.
SBS - Published

Bill Shorten vows to reopen case of Tamil family facing deportation, if elected

Bill Shorten has given hope to a Tamil family facing deportation.
SBS - Published

Socceroo fight to let Tamil family stay

Former Socceroo Craig Foster has joined the fight to keep a Tamil asylum-seeker family in Australia and says they are suffering in detention.
SBS - Published

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