A judge has approved a $70m compensation payout to current and former Manus Island refugees

A judge has approved a $70m compensation payout to current and former Manus Island refugees. The big problem at this stage is how the lawyers will be able to send the money to the refugees who are in Manus prison camp, because we don’t have the right to have bank accounts in this country. The Australian Border Force ordered PNG immigration to prevent the refugees from opening bank accounts. The lawyers should consider this problem and tell the court to solve it.I wonder why Slater & Gordon lawyers dont say anything about how they’ll pay the compensation to the refugees?

42 thoughts on “A judge has approved a $70m compensation payout to current and former Manus Island refugees”

  1. I have to mention this (I am living in PNG myself) but if paid out within PNG, there will be a queue of local middlemen lining up to do ‘favours’ … for a price. The $70m is extremely vulnerable to being extorted out of the recipients if it is paid here. If you guys could get out of PNG with the $70m intact, it might help build new lives …

    1. 70 mil is total amount..it will be divvied up among everybody. I expect S & G will hold funds in trust until such time as people are able to access it. I am confident a method of transfer of funds will be sorted out. The question is how long it will take.

  2. Just when you think Dutton and this government cant sink any lower another deliberate and malicious attack on vulnerable people . More $$$$ will end up being spent fighting this one too. Dump Dutton and those who are hiding behind him and staying silent Absolute disgrace. Maintain the rage

  3. Perhaps there needs to avenues for advocates who are trusted to open accounts in Australia on behalf of the men on Manus and then dispense the monies as required.

  4. On your last point… I’m wondering two things:
    *how much interest do Slater and Gordon earn while u guys wait?
    *I’ve forgotten… how big a slice from the $70 million did they already keep as their “fee”?

  5. A question that very much needs to be asked Behrouz Boochani. Whilst i’m not a person with knowledge in law or financial procedures, i’m pretty certain that Victoria Martin’s comment above “….I expect S & G will hold funds in trust until such time as people are able to access it. I am confident a method of transfer of funds will be sorted out. The question is how long it will take. [???] ” is accurate

  6. we don’t need to open bank accounts in an unsafe environment like PNG , where we can be extorted simply or killed for such money. money of us has been robbed and assaulted with knives for mobiles or pieces of smoking cigg let alone ,if we are distribu…

  7. It’s not our money, but some thought must be given to ensure the funds are not extorted criminally or even just drained by locals ripping the guys off

  8. The judge can only rule on the legal matter that is before him or her on the day – filed and put in the originating motion (original legal documents put before the Court). Unfortunately, they can’t rule on this today even if they wanted to – it is a se…

    1. Penelope. The lawyers are aware of the difficulties with setting up bank accounts for the guys. I believe they now have this in hand. When the final offers are made they will ask if the person has an account or requires an account.

  9. Thanks Penelope for making that point.

    One hopes whoever is appointed to administer the distribution of the funds is mindful of their clients needs and the implications of distributing the funds so as not to disadvantage the recipients or put their lives at risk.

  10. I asked Slater and Gordon about the payment method two weeks ago. I was advised “we have a way to do this so they can access it”. I say, the judge should order it be paid to them in person in Australia by 31 October.

  11. They are in an Australian territory and should have the option of an Australian bank account. ABF are far exceeding their authority as usual. In fact they may be in contempt. But that wouldn’t stop them.

    1. They are not in an Australia territory. PNG achieved independence in 1975. They have been in an Australian run facility opened wiht the agreement of the PNG government.

  12. There’s some discussion of options at the end of this article, which states than asylum seekers who were unsuccessful in their refugee claims can’t open accounts.

    I’m not sure if this means people granted refugee status can open accounts …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *