A group of Torres Strait Islanders has asked the Federal Court to allow it to sue the Queensland Government over their alleged mistreatment.

The group of almost 100 people says they suffered abuse after they were placed in mission dormitories in far north Queensland decades ago.

They are each seeking up to $42,000 in compensation in a lawsuit that could cost more than $4 million.

The Federal Court has been asked to grant leave to the group to pursue a class action but has reserved its decision to next month.

 

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