Child with PTSD at centre of class-action against Morrison

A GIRL, 6, who has been in detention at Christmas Island for more than a year, is at the centre of a class action suit against the Commonwealth and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn yesterday filed class action proceedings in Victoria's Supreme Court on behalf of asylum seekers who have suffered an injury or had an injury exacerbated while being detained on Christmas Island during the last three years.

Since going into detention, the little girl known as A.S. to protect her identity, has an ongoing dental infection, allergies, separation anxiety, bed wetting, has developed a stammer and is refusing food. She has been assessed by a child psychiatrist as having Post Traumatic Stress disorder.

"There is now a substantial body of evidence pointing to widespread failings for people in detention on Christmas Island including poor standard of health care and poor access to any specialist care," said Maurice Blackburn Principal, Jacob Varghese.

"Doctors who have first-hand experience of what it is like there say services fall well short of standards the Australian community expects. Our claim alleges that the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has failed in his duty of care to protect the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers held in detention on Christmas Island."

- APN Newsdesk