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October 19

SIEV X was the name assigned by Australian authorities to an Indonesian fishing boat carrying 421 people seeking asylum in Australia.

Approximately 146 children, 142 women and 65 men.

A Senate Select Committee investigated the SIEV-X sinking, and concluded that “… it [is] extraordinary that a major human disaster could occur in the vicinity of a theatre of intensive Australian operations and remain undetected until three days after the event, without any concern being raised within intelligence and decision making circles.” While no government department was found to be to blame for the tragedy, the committee was surprised that there had been no internal investigations into any systemic problems which could have allowed the Australian government to prevent it from occurring.”



October 19