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In October 2001, over 400 asylum-seekers departed from Indonesia in a
grossly overcrowded, unseaworthy boat bound for Australia. Somewhere
between the two countries the boat sank, with a terrible loss of life
353 of the asylum-seekers drowned.
The Australian government claimed it had no prior knowledge of the
unfolding tragedy. Yet ministers and senior officials from the beginning
tried to mislead the Australian Senate and the community over important
questions. What did the government and its agencies know about the boat
and its fate, and when? Did we have any responsibility for the tragedy?
Did we have a duty of care to save the survivors that we shirked?
A Certain Maritime Incident joins the dots for the first
time to reveal a disquieting record of government misconduct, including
Australian Federal Police involvement in a people-smuggling ‘disruption
program’, and an extraordinary combination of stonewalling and professed
ignorance by a government dedicated to micromanaging the deterrence of
The victims of this maritime disaster were mostly women and children,
and many of their male family members are living in the Australian
community on temporary protection visas. This book is dedicated to the
grieving kin. It is also for the rest of us because, Tony Kevin argues,
nothing less than a comprehensive judicial inquiry into the sinking of
SIEV X will suffice if Australia is to regain its national honour.
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