Lives Could Have Been Saved|
14 July 2002
The telephone call that could have saved 353 lives
~ Russell Skelton (Age)
Overboard one day, missing the boat the next
~ Alan Ramsey (SMH)
It was a phone call that may have saved the lives of Middle
Eastern asylum seekers still clinging to wreckage of their boat
in international waters near the Sunda Straits.
As they drifted in the water, some grasping children, an
Australian Federal Police officer in Jakarta telephoned a warning
to Coastwatch: a dangerously over-crowded boat was headed for
Is Crikey unethical or has Margot Kingston been smoking something? ~ Stephen Mayne (Crikey)
The tortuous political marathon of the Senate's children
overboard inquiry ground on through another 11 hours of testimony
two days ago as seven witnesses - 58 in all, to date - began
taking the stand at 9.30am and continued until a halt was called
It was the 14th day of hearings since the eight-senator committee
of inquiry (three Labor, three Liberal, one Democrat, one Labor
Independent) began taking in excess of 2000 Hansard pages of
evidence since the opening day on March 25...
CMI Testimony Hansard
~ 13 July 2002 (1701-1867)
'Crikey got a pretty savage belting from SMH webdiarist Margot Kingston on Lateline during the Friday forum and we're interested if you feel that we deserved the spray...
Afterall, she sledged me for going with a story without evidence and is still making a big deal about it even though it has proved to be correct. Contrast that with her obsession about SIEV X now that she's convinced herself the government was responsible for killing 300 asylum seekers. Margot is telling people at the SMH this story will be "Australia's Watergate" but she's nowhere near having the evidence to support such a claim...'
- Transcript of Thursday's hearing now online in PDF format...
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