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Victorian government maintains tower lockdowns ‘reasonable’ but will pay $2,200 per adult, court hears

Barrister tells supreme court the settlement with public housing residents does not mean the state admits to any fault

The Victorian government continues to justify placing thousands of public housing tower residents into a sudden Covid-19 lockdown but has agreed to pay each adult resident $2,200.

A class action was brought against the state in 2021 after about 1,800 adults and 751 children were locked inside nine public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington from 4 July to 18 July in 2020.

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