Australian Border Force commissioner Michael Outram says officers ‘obliged’ to take ‘unlawful non-citizens’

Australian Border Force officials have defended taking a Sri Lankan family from their central Queensland home and placing them in immigration detention 1,800km away.

Tamils Priya and Nadesalingam and their two Australian-born children were swept up in a dawn raid of their Biloela home in early March. The couple are in detention in Melbourne with their two girls, three-year-old Kopika and baby Tharunicaa, as they await a decision on whether they will be deported.

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