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Zahra (6), Fatima (7) and Eman (9) - the daughters of Sondos Ismail and Ahmed Alzalimi -  three of the 146 children who lost their lives when the vessel that has become known as SIEVX foundered in international waters en route to Christmas Island on 19 October 2001.
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SIEVX Reading Guide

by Marg Hutton

This page is intended as an introduction to the complex maze of issues surrounding the sinking of SIEVX. Please note, articles listed under each heading are arranged in chronological order rather than alphabetically.

SURVIVOR ACCOUNTS OF THE TRAGEDY

Trad, Keysar, SIEVX Survivor Accounts, (transcript), October 2001
Nakhoul, Ghassan, Five Mysteries of SIEV X, (transcript) SBS Arabic Radio, August 2002
Nakhoul, Ghassan, Early Survivors, (transcript), SBS Arabic Radio, September 2003
(Contemporaneous accounts of the sinking, some of which include interviews with survivors, can be found in our news archives. See in particular, the section headed 'The Disaster & Aftermath'.)

HOW SIEVX CAME TO BE INVESTIGATED BY THE CMI COMMITTEE

Trad, Keysar, Mufty to welcome young survivor..., (media release), 19 December 2001
Walker, Vanessa, Boat tragedy survivor granted asylum, Australian, 21 December 2001
Kevin, Tony, To Simon Crean & Senate Opposition Leaders, (letter), 18 February 2002
Kevin, Tony, Submission no. 2 to CMI Committee, 4 March 2002
Cook, Senator Peter, Senate Hansard, 13 March 2002 (pp.685-6)
Kevin, Tony, Submission no. 2A to CMI Committee, 11 April 2002

CMI COMMITTEE FINDINGS REGARDING SIEVX

Senate Select Committee on A Certain Maritime Incident, Executive Summary, in Report, Canberra, 2002
Senate Select Committee on A Certain Maritime Incident, Chapter 8 - 'The Sinking of SIEV X: Intelligence And Surveillance', in Report, Canberra, 2002
Senate Select Committee on A Certain Maritime Incident, Chapter 9 - 'The Response to SIEV X', in Report, Canberra, 2002
(For comprehensive links to Submissions, Witness testimony and Report of the CMI Committee as well as Questions pertaining to SIEVX asked in Senate Budget Estimates and on the Senate Notice Paper from 2002 onwards, see 'Senate Testimony, Submissions & Report'.)

THE PEOPLE SMUGGLERS WHO ORGANISED THE VOYAGE

Daoed, Khaleed
Quassey, Abu

AUSTRALIA'S PEOPLE SMUGGLING DISRUPTION PROGRAM

Coulthart, Ross, The Australian People Smuggler, (Sunday), 17 February 2002
Australian Federal Police, AFP Investigation into Alleged People Smuggler Completed, (Media Release), 24 August 2002
Australian Federal Police, Sunday Program continues with people smuggling allegations, (Media Release), 29 August 2002
Coulthart, Ross, The Federal Police and People Smugglers, (Sunday), 1 September 2002
Faulkner, Senator John, 3 Senate Adjournment Speeches, (Hansard), 23-25 September 2002
Faulkner, Senator John et al, Senate debate following adjournment speeches (Hansard), 26 September 2002
Australian Federal Police, Senator Faulkner has got it wrong, (Media Release), 26 September 2002
Editorial,Clear the air on SIEV-X sinking ~ 28 September 2002 (SMH)
Senate Select Committee on A Certain Maritime Incident, 'Disruption and deterrence activities', in Chapter 1 - Border Protection: A New Regime', Report, October 2002
Faulkner, Senator John, Additional Comments (in CMI Report), October 2002
Faulkner, Senator John et al, Senate Resolution calling for Judicial Inquiry, (Hansard), 10 December 2002
Faulkner, Senator John 'SIEVX and After', Speech to Fabian Society, 24 July 2003
Australian Broadcasting Authority, Investigation report on AFP complaint regarding Sunday program, December 2003
Faulkner, Senator John, A Call for a Judicial Inquiry, (Labor Herald), Summer 2003/2004, pp. 22, 23
(See also Senator Faulkner's questions to AFP Commissioner Keelty (1, 2, 3) and DFAT & DIMIA witnesses about disruption in the CMI Committee and in Senate Estimates in 2002-2003.)

SENATE RESOLUTIONS PERTAINING TO SIEVX

Faulkner, Senator John, 10 December 2002
Collins, Senator Jacinta, 11 December 2002
Brown, Senator Bob,15 October 2003
Bartlett, Senator Andrew, 16 October 2003
Bartlett, Senator Andrew, 22 June 2004

THE SIEVX COVER-UP

Kevin, Tony, Various writings, February 2002-September 2003
Parish, Geoff, Boat-people: Cover-up or Stuff up?, (Dateline), 22 May 2002
Parish, Geoff, SIEV-X, (Dateline), 17 July 2002
Hutton, Marg, SIEVX & the DFAT Cable: The conspiracy of silence, May 2003
Hutton, Marg, The boat that wasn't there, 11 June 2003
Hutton, Marg, The SIEV-X Cover-up, (Voice), September 2003 (references here)
Hutton, Marg, The Yambuk puzzle, 2 February 2004
Hutton, Marg, More questions on SIEVX coverup, 12 February 2004
Hutton, Marg, Vanstone blunders on Quassey's Pre-SIEVX People Smuggling Record, 29 April 2004
Hutton, Marg, Hidden in plain view: The BASARNAS file on SIEVX, 15 May 2005
Hutton, Marg, The 45th survivor, 14 June 2005
Hutton, Marg Keelty seeks shelter behind third man, 3 November 2005

DEFENDING THE ADF & OTHER AUSTRALIAN AGENCIES

Barrie, Admiral Chris, Extract from Farewell speech, 3 July 2002
Smith, Rear Admiral Geoff, Letter to SMH (extracted to SIEVX.com commentary), 15 July 2002
Hawke, Allan, Extract from Speech, 5 September 2002
Smith, Ric, Our embassy in no way involved (Letter to CT), 4 October 2002
(For links to other comment from Australian agencies and Howard government ministers see Defending the official story)

THE QUEST TO OBTAIN THE SIEVX PASSENGER LISTS

Hutton, Marg, We need to know their names, 31 October 2002
Hutton, Marg, Faces of SIEVX: The Al Battat Family, 15 November 2002
Hutton, Marg, List of SIEVX survivors provided to asylum seekers on Manus Island but not to Australian Senate, 3 June 2003
Hutton, Marg, The Anonymous Dead, 19 August 2003
Brown, Senator Bob, Senate Resolution, 15 October 2003
Vanstone, Senator Amanda, Reply to Question on Notice no. 431, 13 September 2005

GOVERNMENT TPV POLICY - IMPACT ON SIEVX SURVIVORS & BEREAVED

Horin, Adele, Family-friendly policies apply only to some, 27 October 2001 (SMH)
Tyler, Heather, Visa shock for bereaved, (Middle East Times), 2 November 2001
Fyfe, Melissa, A broken man begs to see his wife, (Age), 3 November 2001
Flanagan, Richard, Election 2001: This is not my Australia, (Age), 9 November 2001
Clennell, Andrew, Hopes grow of a mercy visa, (SMH), 5 January 2002
Clennell, Andrew, Mother of drowned children now faces eviction in Jakarta, (SMH), 25 February 2002
Burke, Kelly, Sharing the grief, (Age), 22 March 2002
Bartlett, Senator Andrew, Speech on the second anniversary of the SIEVX sinking, (Hansard), 16 October 2003
Banham, Cynthia, Tragedy turns to agony for family caught in visa limbo, 4 March 2003 (SMH)
Hutton & Kevin, Degrees of Hell, 14 July 2003
Basry, Amal (as told to Mary Dagmar Davies), I am still in the water with the dying of SIEVX, (Axis of Logic), 1 November 2004
Basry, Amal (as told to Mary Dagmar Davies), Belonging in Australia, (Axis of Logic), 23 May 2005
Hoffman, Sue, Temporary Protection Visas and SIEV X, 6 February 2006

GENERAL READING

Marr & Wilkinson, Dark Victory (2nd edition), Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2004

 

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