Government to compensate traumatised asylum seeker

April 28, 2017

The federal government has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum in compensation to a nine-year-old girl who was detained on Christmas Island for almost a year, after arriving in Australia with her parents by boat in 2013.

She was part of a class action launched in 2014 that initially aimed to secure compensation for thousands of asylum seekers.

Her lawyers argued she had developed post-traumatic stress disorder, a dental infection, a stammer and separation anxiety in detention and still needs ongoing medical treatment.

The deal came after the Supreme Court halted the class action because the other asylum seekers’ personal injury claims were too different from each other's to be dealt with as a group.

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