Asylum seekers told they will foot the bill if their data-breach cases fail

Oliver Laughland and Paul Farrell report:

Asylum seekers involved in court proceedings over a data breach whichpublicly disclosed the personal information of almost 10,000 people in immigration detention have been told by lawyers representing immigration minister Scott Morrison they will be billed for his legal costs should their cases fail.

A letter sent to asylum seekers in Villawood, who appeared in the federal circuit court for the first directions hearing into the matter, from the Australian government solicitor invited the applicants to “discontinue your proceedings” and follow “departmental processes” instead.

The letter, which also advises asylum seekers to seek legal advice should they wish to pursue their claims through the court, continues: “Please note that if you are unsuccessful the respondent minister will ask the court for orders that you pay the costs incurred by him in relation to these proceedings.”

Read more on The Guardian.

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