Good morning, and welcome to The Briefing.

The small Queensland town of Biloela has rallied to the defence of a Sri Lankan asylum seeker family that is set to be deported after being seized in an Australian Border Force raid.

The Tamil couple, who married in 2014 after fleeing Sri Lanka, and their two Australian-born children, were taken in an early morning ABF raid last Monday. The family was flown to immigration detention in Melbourne, 1500 kilometres away, and allegedly coerced into signing documents assenting to their “voluntary removal”. Biloela locals have started a petition urging the government to “return this family to Biloela, their home, where they are wanted and welcome” …

Read here