Tamil asylum seeker family from Biloela could be undone by father's travel history and refugee activism, immigration lawyer says

Yesterday, rallies were held in capital cities across the country in protest of the family's treatment.

Despite the distressing nature of the images, Mr Jeans [Immigration Lawyer] said excessive media coverage and activism was harming the family's case by forcing the Immigration Minister, David Coleman, into a corner.

"If the Minister grants a visa to the family it just encourages more people to make media campaigns and it might be unfair for other people who may not be able to make as much noise in the community," Mr Jeans said.

"This is the most significant mistake and this is not a mistake of the family."