5 November 2003
Thank you for sending Senator Bartlett a copy of an email you have sent to the Prime Ministers and others regarding SIEV X.
We have received so many emails on this issue that I am forced to reply in one bulk email and I apologize for this. The Australian Democrats agree with your request and will continue to push the Australian government to give this tragedy, not only the place in history it deserves but also the legal attention it deserves.
The Australian Democrats extended the inquiry into a Certain Maritime Incident to include the SIEV X. The inquiry allowed Tony Kevin to bring his evidence before the Committee and revealed the tragedy known as the SIEV X.
I thank you all individually for your work as advocates and encourage you to continue working for the truth to be revealed.
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