Manus Island class action settled for $70m

A sign adorns the security fence near shelters inside the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea

A sign adorns the security fence near shelters inside the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea

As the lead plaintiff in a class action on behalf of 1905 current and former Manus detainees, Mr Kamasaee will get a share of the $70 million settlement.

Their lawyer David Curtain told the court they reached a settlement with the Australian government and the operators of the male-only Manus Island camp, G4S Australia and Broadspectrum.

Law firm Slater and Gordon confirmed to HuffPost Australia that the case - which had been due to finally commence on Wednesday after being delayed for several weeks - was adjourned after the parties reached settlement.

The trial had been scheduled to begin on Wednesday in the Victoria state Supreme Court, but the government chose to settle the class action brought by law firm Slater and Gordon on behalf of the 1,905 refugees and asylum seekers rather than proceed with a potentially long - and embarrassing - trial.

Mr Kamasaee claimed his medicine was confiscated when he arrived on Manus.

But he said freedom in a safe place is more important to the refugees than getting compensation.

'There is a good reason why the government has not accepted them into this country, ' she said in the video.

"We came to Australia legally seeking protection under worldwide laws ... and have been damaged physically and mentally".

Lawyers Greg Toop and Ben Lomai have estimated the men in the PNG case could each receive more than 400,000 PNG kina ($A150,000-$A175,000).

No details of the settlement were immediately available.

"This historic settlement is a major crack in the Australian Government's crumbling system of abuse and must be a turning point towards a better solution for refugees - one that is grounded in protection not abuse".

Mr Baker said there have been countless stories about the appalling and inhumane conditions the detainees were allegedly subjected to, and the security issues have been well documented.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is not accepting any responsibility for the multimillion-dollar settlement to be paid to Manus Island detainees.

"The Commonwealth strongly refutes and denies the claims made in these proceedings".

The Manus facility opened in 2012 to detain people trying to enter Australia by boat under a tough immigration policy that sends them offshore to be processed.

Greens Senator Nick McKim urged the government to resettle the men in Australia.

Majid Kamasaee cried every night during his time trapped in "hell" on Manus Island.

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