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Murugappan family set to return home after Labor victory

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Planning is underway for a homecoming celebration in Biloela, with the community hoping to see the Murugappan family return to Central Queensland within weeks.

Incoming Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised to allow the Tamil asylum seekers to return home after an immigration battle spanning more than four years.

Priya, Nades and their two girls are currently in community detention in Perth, following a prolonged battle to stay in Australia.

Friends and supporters in Central Queensland are hopeful the family could return home within weeks, following the results of Saturday's Federal Election.

Angela Fredericks from the Home to Bilo campaign says the Murugappans should never have been taken from the town that loved and needed them.

"Mr Albanese has promised to allow our friends Priya, Nades and their girls Kopi and Tharni to return home to Biloela.

"We just called Priya in Perth and told her she and her family were coming home. Many happy tears were shed.

"We now believe this long, painful saga can finally come to an end."

A video of the couple finding out the results of the election, posted on socail media, has since garnered more than 26,000 views and hundreds of supportive comments.