A Sydney lawyer is being offered a $600k salary as she prepares to represent a family of asylum seekers in a court case in New South Wales.
Australian lawyer Michael Shapiro has been hired to represent an asylum seeker family who have been fighting for their rights in the Northern Territory for nearly two years.
The court case will be heard at the Northern Federal Court in Darwin on Monday.
Mr Shapiro was born in Australia but is a permanent resident.
The family have been seeking protection from the Australian Government over their claim of persecution by the government over their journey to Australia in 2015.
They say the government failed to act when they applied for refugee status in December 2016.
But they were granted a visa and were later refused asylum.
In July 2017, the Government changed the rules of the asylum seeker regime.
Previously, a person could only apply for protection if they had been persecuted in a country other than Australia.
Now, people can be granted asylum even if they were persecuted in Australia.
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