Legal firm Slater and Gordon says it wants class action payout from Australian government made before processing centre closes in October

Most of the people who have been detained on Manus Island have backed a $70m compensation settlement that lawyers say acknowledges the harms they have suffered. But a journalist and Iranian refugee currently held on Manus, Behrouz Boochani, said many had signed up to the settlement because they felt they had no other options for legal action.

Legal firm Slater and Gordon hopes to get the money paid to current and former detainees before the Manus Island regional processing centre closes. Despite the Papua New Guinea supreme court ruling in April that the detention centre is “illegal and unconstitutional”, it remains operational and houses nearly 900 men, and is not slated for closure until the end of October.

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