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August 2021

Tampa – 20 Years On

August 24

At dawn on 24 August 2001, the Palapa, a 20-metre wooden fishing boat, was rescued by the MV Tampa, a Norwegian container vessel.

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October 2021


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 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."…

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