Refugee kids receive cash settlements over poor healthcare in detention

The government failed to protect the siblings from psychiatric harm, says family

Two refugee children have been awarded thousands of dollars in compensation after their parents sued the Federal Government over the medical care provided to them while held in immigration detention.

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The siblings, aged 16 and 11, came to Australia from Iran with their family by boat in 2010 and spent nine months in detention, first on Christmas Island, then at the Asti Motel in the NT and finally in the Inverbrackie detention centre near Adelaide.

The family sued the government after being granted protection visas in 2014.

They alleged the government