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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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Conspiracy Of Silence

20 May 2003

Today we publish an important new article on the SIEVX Affair. Titled 'SIEVX & the DFAT cable: The Conspiracy of Silence', this 12,000 word article convincingly argues that there was a coverup of official knowledge of the likely sinking position of SIEVX across several government departments and that the CMI Committee was deliberately misled about this matter. It is sobering reading and it casts serious questions over the CMI finding on SIEVX that Operation Relex was not in any way at fault. This is a solid piece of research with detailed appendices and hot linked endnotes to sources on the internet where available.

Click here to download SIEVX & the DFAT cable: The Conspiracy of Silence (approximately 600KB in pdf format).

In other news:

  • Last Saturday's Weekend Australian Magazine profiled 'SIEVX Whistleblower', Tony Kevin. In case you missed this excellent article by Victoria Laurie on the man who first brought SIEVX to public attention, the text is online here.

  • Eva Sallis' recent book Mahjar includes a story based on the SIEVX tragedy. For publication details and more information on the book see the Allen & Unwin Media release.

  • Last month's Eureka Street included a long article on SIEVX victims & survivors by Arnold Zable.

  • Senate Estimates begin again next week - We will be monitoring the questions on SIEVX and will report on this site.

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