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Government may be liable for boat blast compensation.
A human rights lawyer says the Federal Government could be liable to pay compensation to the families of those killed and injured after the Ashmore Reef asylum boat explosion.
The blast killed three of the 47 Afghans and two crew on board and the Defence Department says two others listed as missing are presumed dead.
Forty-one boat blast survivors remain in three hospitals.
But Greg Barnes from human rights group Rights Australia says because the boat, known as SIEV 36, had been taken into custody it may emerge the Navy had a duty of care to the asylum seekers.Keep reading.
Mr Barnes says there could be grounds for compensation.
"One of those could be that the Navy didn't exercise its duty of care sufficiently or was negligent in the way it dealt with the asylum seekers who were in very dangerous waters," he said.
"But it does depend on there being a duty of care and two, it does depend on whether reasonable steps have been taken by the Navy to secure the safety of asylum seekers."
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