It’s time for Michaelia Cash to blink and let the Murugappan family into Australia.

The family of four, mother and father, Priya and Nadesalingam and their daughters — Kopika, five, and Tharnicaa, three have been on Christmas Island since August 2019 while the federal government tries to deport them from Australia.

The reasons for this deportation seemed to be lost in the mists of time.

The children were born in Australia after the couple established themselves in the Queensland town of Biloela.

On Monday, three-year-old Tharnicaa was evacuated from Christmas Island to Perth for urgent medical treatment after two weeks of illness. She was diagnosed with pneumonia.

Tharnicaa and her sister Kopika in hospital on Christmas Island on June 6.

Attorney-General Michaelia Cash said “personally, it is the right stance because of the consequences of blinking.” 

Binking and turning a blind eye seem to be much the same thing.

Because it amounts to ignoring the consequences of two small children growing up in complete isolation.

This means denying them opportunities that every child has of growing up, making friends, going to kindergarten, playing in the park, going to the swimming pool, going to the library, playing sport, all the things of childhood.

These things are being denied these children, because Michaelia Cash doesn’t want to blink.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said, “This family are valued members of the Biloela community. These two girls are not a threat to Australia’s national sovereignty,” 

That pretty much sums up the situation.

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