In June this year asylum seekers on Manus Island sued the Commonwealth for physical and psychological harm suffered during their detainment. It was argued that the Federal Government breached its duty of care by incarcerating refugees in conditions well below Australian standards. The Commonwealth agreed to pay $70 million in compensation, but did not make an admission of liability.
Victorian Supreme Court Justice Cameron Macaulay today approved the settlement of what is believed to be the largest immigration detention trial ever heard in Australia.
Although some detainees objected to the sum being too low, Justice Macaulay concluded it was a fair and reasonable amount. He also noted the urgency of the settlement, with the detention centre due to be closed by the end of October.
1,383 of the 1,923 group members in the class action have already registered to get their share of the compensation. Further attempts are being made to contact the remaining 215 group members, with the deadline for registrations set for October 13. (9 News)
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