The Australian government was prepared to pay out to stop the shame of Manus Island being aired in court. But the ultimate cost is borne by the refugees and asylum seekers who have had their lives ruined

This is settlement, but no solution.

The announcement that the Australian government has agreed to pay $70m in compensation to 1,905 refugees and asylum seekers illegally held in offshore immigration detention on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island will bring a measure of comfort to those held in that place – in the words of one refugee still held there, “a little bit of justice”.

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