This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 47%. (I’m a bot)
An Aboriginal man is suing the Australian government for more than $4 million for false imprisonment and trying to deport him to New Zealand.
“At about $4.1 million, it is significant damages, but in terms of the seriousness of what’s occurred… the Minister was put on notice very, very early on in the piece that Brendan was an Aboriginal man and and uniquely Australian,” Gibbs told RNZ. “We’ve framed the claim in very reasonable terms, given for close to 18 months, he wasn’t able to see his family, he wasn’t able to earn an income and he’s had to put his life on hold.”
“As far as we know we’re first, but there will be others that are entitled to hold the government accountable for detaining them in immigration detention, when they are clearly Australians.”