Manus Island’s asylum seekers to be handed $70MILLION from Australian taxpayers

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Nearly 2,000 asylum seekers held at the Manus Island detention centre will be handed a total of $70million in damages.

Lawyers for the detainees have reached a settlement with the Australian government and the operators of the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre.

The detainees wanted compensation from the Australian government and the detention centre managers for alleged physical and psychological injuries they argue they suffered as a result of the conditions in which they were held.

Lawyers for the detainees (some pictured in 2014) have reached a settlement with the Australian government and the operators of the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre.

The class action also sought damages for false imprisonment after the PNG Supreme Court ruled the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island was unconstitutional.

A six-month trial was due to begin in the Victorian Supreme Court on Wednesday, but what would have been Australia’s largest ever trial concerning immigration detention was avoided following the settlement.

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