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Who is responsible for the deaths of 353 asylum-seekers?


No Happy Ending - Vale Amal Basry
19 March ~ Less than five years after surviving the horrific sinking of SIEVX, Amal Basry lost her three year battle with breast cancer. She passed away on Saturday afternoon 18 March in Melbourne's St Vincent's Public Hospital in the presence of her family.

... And the Lies, Contradictions and Evasions Just Keep On Coming
2 March ~ Last December, Senator Milne put a series of questions on notice to Ministers concerning SIEVX related matters. Earlier this week she received responses from Senators Ian Campbell and Chris Ellison, the Ministers for Transport and Regional Service and Justice and Customs respectively. These answers are lessons in obfuscation and evasion, fuelling the fires of concern that the government is determined to bury any information that would cast doubt on Australia's response to SIEVX in October 2001.

Year Five and the Questions Continue
21 February ~ Last week, Greens Senator Christine Milne put two pages of SIEVX related questions to the Justice Minister, Senator Ellison. Some of these questions are following up on questions asked by previous Senators; others are opening up new lines of inquiry

Keelty Seeks Shelter Behind Third Man
3 November ~ In Senate Estimates on Monday night Greens Senator Christine Milne asked Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty a number of questions concerning SIEVX...

Congratulations Mia Dyson
24 October ~ Readers will be pleased to hear that last night independent artist Mia Dyson won her first ARIA for the best blues and roots album released this year for her CD Parking Lots...

Ellison Replies
22 October ~ Earlier this week I received a reply from Senator Ellison to a letter I wrote more than five months ago concerning the charges that convicted SIEVX people-smuggler Abu Quassey faced in Cairo in 2003...

ADA Director Speaks Out On Sinking Location
21 October ~ In a letter in today's Age, the Executive Director of the Australian Defence Association, Neil James, rebuts claims made in the newspaper yesterday that the Navy bears some responsibility for the SIEVX tragedy...