Friday, March 3, 2006


Payout a ‘landmark’

`A $400,000 federal government compensation payout to an 11-year-old Iranian boy who suffered psychological harm in Australian detention centres has been described by his lawyers as a “landmark outcome.”

The NSW Supreme Court today approved the compensation offer to Shayan Badraie who sued the immigration department on the grounds he was psychologically harmed while living at Woomera and Villawood detention centres between 2000 and 2002.

After months of hearings, the boy’s lawyers accepted an out-of-court settlement offer yesterday of “$400,000 by government solicitors”, a spokeswoman for legal firm Maurice Blackburn Cashman said.’

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