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    Refugees set to sue Australia for millions for psychological damage

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    Refugees set to sue Australia for millions for psychological damage



    Mehrnoosh Yousefi reflects on the depression that her husband and son suffer from their experiences in Woomera and Baxter detention centres. Pic Ben Searcy Source: The Daily Telegraph



    • Detainees to sue Government over detention
    • Claim psychiatric harm caused by trauma
    • More people in detention than ever before

    AUSTRALIAN taxpayers are facing multi-million dollar compensation payouts to current and former asylum seekers who claim they suffered trauma and psychological damage in detention.

    Legal and medical sources told The Daily Telegraph scores of detainees were preparing claims against the Australian Government and detention centre operators Serco and G4S.
    Revelations of the damages claims come at the worst possible time for the Federal Government, with tension in detention centres rising through overcrowding as the number of detainees hits a record high.
    Among those making claims are Iranian Mehrnoosh Yousefi and her adult son, who have both been granted refugee status.
    Mrs Yousefi's husband, former Iranian oil industry engineer Parviz Yousefi, achieved notoriety when he sewed his lips together and attempted suicide several times while in detention at Woomera between 2001 and 2004.
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    In 2008 Mr Yousefi was reportedly awarded a record damages payout of more than $800,000 for psychological damage suffered in detention.
    Dr Zachary Steel, senior lecturer in psychiatry at the University of NSW, said that he had been told of multiple pending lawsuits.
    "There are a number of cases going through at the moment," he said.
    He also had "heard discussions of class actions".Dr Steel said the basis for most of the lawsuits was psychiatric harm caused by trauma experienced in detention, including riots, self-harm and, in some cases, allegations of mistreatment by inmates and centre operators.
    There were also cases where detention resulted in injury, pain and suffering.
    Mrs Yousefi has lodged a claim in the NSW Supreme Court on behalf of herself and her son against four parties, including the Commonwealth of Australia and G4S.
    Slater & Gordon's Bill Madden confirmed the pair had claimed detention had "resulted in serious psychological damage".
    Mr Yousefi suffered horrific experiences after being separated from his wife and son while in detention, resulting in self-harm.
    Mrs Yousefi was quoted in 2008 as saying her husband would never work again and would require medical care for the rest of his life.
    In some cases asylum seekers have made claims for lost earnings during and since their detention, citing factors such as an inability to concentrate and the need for ongoing medical treatment.
    There are also believed to be workers compensation claims involving psychological and physical trauma concerning staff at the centres.
    A spokesman for federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said last night: "It wouldn't be appropriate to comment on legal cases before the courts."
    The psychiatric damage of detention
    AUSTRALIA has more people in detention centres than ever before.

    Latest figures - for May - show detainee numbers have grown over the past two years to just under 6800.

    Detainees are also spending more time in centres ill-equipped to handle them. University of NSW expert Dr Zachary Steel said that, since detainee numbers burst through the 2000 mark about 18 months ago, centres had become "trauma-inducing" settings.

    Dr Steel's research found that, after six months in detention, asylum seekers started "to get a really harmful mental health outcome".

    The Government's latest figures show just under 4400 detainees - 65 per cent - have been in detention for a minimum of six months.

    "I am almost certain more than 80 per cent of detainees will be found to be genuine refugees," Dr Steel said. "We will create a burden for society because of huge psychiatric damage."

    "Is It is bad policy - and it doesn't deter people from coming."

    Refugees set to sue Australia for millions for psychological damage | The Australian

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    That just makes me sick and fucking angry at the weak spindle government.
    What they need to do now is make it a condition of any approvals that they can't sue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    That just makes me sick and fucking angry at the weak spindle government.
    What they need to do now is make it a condition of any approvals that they can't sue.
    That would make too much sense.

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    I'm over these pricks they come here through the back door, live in detension centers that are better than the shitholes they came from and now sue us for helping them out.

    NO MORE BOAT PEOPLE.

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    Makes me angry and I ain't even Australian.

    Asylum is the soft spot in the West's immigrations laws. Needs changing.

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    WTF?
    The whole situation involving these illegals immigrants is now totally out of control!
    My previous viewpoint that they should be shipped back to their point of origin, and processed using the normal channels, may need to be reviewed.
    Stronger deterrent measures are needed now!

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    Shouldn't be hard to prove it stems from a pre-exisiting condition. Make them pay costs if this happens to prove true.

    Obviously after an ever easier ride courtesy of the Aussie tax payer.

    I still reckon these refugees who have a reason to be hear, should repay any sosts incurred. At least then, they can whinge about the accomodations .....


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    If fact take it one step further. Immediately countersue for all the costs during their detention. Food and lodging, medical, recreation, any damage they were responsible for, the cost of lodging applications, the cost of court appointed taxpayerfunded lawyers. Get back all the money already spent on these ungrateful fuckers.

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    $ 800,000 ??

    How long does someone need to work in order to save that much?

    I'm traumatised just thinking about it, where do I get my compensation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    If fact take it one step further. Immediately countersue for all the costs during their detention. Food and lodging, medical, recreation, any damage they were responsible for, the cost of lodging applications, the cost of court appointed taxpayerfunded lawyers. Get back all the money already spent on these ungrateful fuckers.
    I can think of something much worse.

    Make them work.

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    The aussie taxpayer just keeps getting shafted and these clowns waltz in for a free ride.

    I was never a pauline hanson fan but i'm starting to come around to her way of thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge
    Make them work.
    Their too traumatised to work.Apparently.

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    Mehrnoosh Yousefi fakes depression while trying not to laugh out loud at the utter stupidity of Australian politicians.
    Fixed that for ya.

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    Quit whining and pay up, terrible like those poor people have been treated, you Aussie stone-age bushmen need some cultural diversity,

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    Sure Larv, the very moment someone pays me $800 000 for being shat on by the Australian Govt.

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    Mrs Yousefi was quoted in 2008 as saying her husband would never work again and would require medical care for the rest of his life.
    He's Persian, I bet he's never done an honest days work in his fucking life.

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    This is one of the things I hate about western countries, these people enter illegally and then cost the tax payers millions upon millions of dollars in either frivolous lawsuits or undeserving aid

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    Quote Originally Posted by davearn View Post
    Sure Larv, the very moment someone pays me $800 000 for being shat on by the Australian Govt.
    Some of you dirty buggers would love to be shat on by Julia only fair you pay for the service davearn

    First of all you should welcome immigrants with polite grace and friendliness, and help them along with a bit of money, possibly change a few of your weird Aussie customs so they will feel more at home too, secondly you have got all that open empty space, hundreds of millions Muslims Africans and Asians could fit in there, back home in Europe we have run out of space so it is about time you fill up your empty space.

    In the mean time you will just have to pay for your rudeness, fancy wanting to control who come in to your country, I have never....... tsk tsk.


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    don't you think they'd be more justified suing the country that made them refugees rather than the one that gave them refuge ?

    Cheers

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    Theirs a shit load of Aussies doing it tough at the moment especially couples with young families and the piss poor Government is handing out our tax dollars to the a bunch of tossers who jump the immigration cue's by rocking up in a foking boat.

    The place will end up like foking Pommyland full of rag headed illegal immigrants who are now living in the Sheraton hotel on the 800k sling they have just got off the Government.

    Oh fok it all, think I'll just stay here in Bali.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    The place will end up like foking Pommyland
    that's the worst that could happen !

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo746 View Post
    The aussie taxpayer just keeps getting shafted and these clowns waltz in for a free ride.

    I was never a pauline hanson fan but i'm starting to come around to her way of thinking.
    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Theirs a shit load of Aussies doing it tough at the moment especially couples with young families and the piss poor Government is handing out our tax dollars to the a bunch of tossers who jump the immigration cue's by rocking up in a foking boat.

    The place will end up like foking Pommyland full of rag headed illegal immigrants who are now living in the Sheraton hotel on the 800k sling they have just got off the Government.
    I agree.
    It's amazing that some people can not see that what happened in England will happen (and is already) in Oz. Britain has SERIOUS problems because of so many immigrants.
    I used to be a taxi driver until so many immigrants came to Oz that I was driven out of my job by them + the Global Financial Crisis. At the end, when I was trying to hang on by my fingernails, I was making $7 per hour.
    They take jobs away from the most desperate, unskilled Australians.

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    The real rub here is that the ATO is possibly the most vicious tax authority on the planet.

    It must really grate paying Australian taxes and then seeing this is where the money goes.... and politicians cannot figure out why the illegals are so unpopular.

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    ^ 100% correct i've paid taxes for 40 odd years i would at least like too see it go into health,education whatever not free hand outs for illegals.And i'm pretty sure there are a lot of aussies out there who are on the same wave length.

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    If they landed in New Zealand they would receive even better treatment by the prevailing Politically Correct - Namby Pamby - Social Utopia attitude.

    Fortunately for New Zealand, Australia is in their way and they keep bumping into it.

    Thanks Australia for taking one for the team!

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