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Tony Kevin

This section of our reading guide contains a selection of writings on SIEVX by Tony Kevin who brought the SIEVX disaster to the attention of the Senate Select Committee on A Certain Maritime Incident (CMI).

Kevin has written and spoken extensively on SIEVX. Included below are his two Senate submissions and CMI testimony, some published newspaper articles up to September 2003, as well as a selection of letters and transcripts of interviews.

While sievx.com and Tony Kevin have collaborated from time to time, they have always been independent of each other. In September 2003 the collaboration ceased due to significant differences in analysis and approach.

Despite these differences sievx.com and Tony Kevin agree that the truth about the sinking of SIEVX and any connection to Australia's covert people smuggling disruption program in Indonesia will not be known until there is a full powers independent judicial inquiry into the matter. The Senate has passed three resolutions to this effect (1, 2, 3).

Tony Kevin's work on SIEVX from September 2003 - October 2008 is archived at: http://web.archive.org/web/20101003153852/http://www.tonykevin.com.au/.

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Letter, Tony Kevin To Simon Crean & Senate Opposition Leaders, 18 February 2002
(Note: This letter although not presented as an official submission specifically requested that the Committee investigate what has since become known as the SIEVX incident)
Submission 2, Tony Kevin, 4 March 2002
Submission 2A, Tony Kevin, 11 April 2002
Testimony, Tony Kevin, 1 May 2002


Twisting tale of dog that didn't bark ~ Tony Kevin, 25 March 2002 (CT)
Who'll rescue the truth? ~ Tony Kevin, 25 March 2002 (Age)
Truth Missing in Murky Waters ~ Tony Kevin, 16 April 2002 (CT)
353 dead: This could be our Watergate ~ Tony Kevin, 10 May 2002 (Age)
Were lives lost in intelligence black hole? ~ Tony Kevin, 21 May 2002 (CT)
No Helping Hands... ~ Tony Kevin, 24 May 2002 (AFR)
Salvaging the facts from murky depths ~ Tony Kevin, 21 June 2002 (AFR)
Letter ~ Tony Kevin, 25 June 2002 (Age)
Letter ~ Tony Kevin, 27 June 2002 (CT)
Letter ~ Tony Kevin, 28 June 2002 (SMH)
Senate Inquiry Must Uncover the Truth About SIEV X ~ Tony Kevin, 9 July 2002 (CT)
Troubling Questions on SIEV X ~ Tony Kevin, 27 September 2002 (CT)
We Must Keep Asking Questions On SIEV X ~ Tony Kevin, 28 September 2002 (CT)
OK, I do apologise over SIEVX ~ Tony Kevin, 2 November 2002 (Letter - CT)
Letter ~ Tony Kevin, 1 January 2003 (CT)
This evil people smuggler... ~ Tony Kevin, 5 January 2003 (Sunday Telegraph)
Letter ~ Tony Kevin, 19 January 2003 (Sunday Telegraph)
Lost at sea ~ Tony Kevin, 5 April 2003 (SMH)
Letter ~ Tony Kevin, 6 June 2003 (CT)
SIEVX letters ~ Tony Kevin & Kay Kan, 2 July 2003 (SMH)
New holes in SIEVX Story ~ Tony Kevin, 17 July 2003 (CT)
Letter ~ Tony Kevin, 15 September 2003 (CT)
SIEV X, the boat that sank ~ Tony Kevin, 30 July 2008 (Eureka Street)


Tony Kevin (audio) ~ Phillip Adams, 28 March 2002 (LNL)
Ross Coulthart & Tony Kevin ~ Phillip Adams, 2 September 2002 (LNL)
Tony Kevin ~ Julie McCrossin, 11 October 2002 (Life Matters, ABC, audio)
Tony Kevin ~ Annie Hastwell, 18 October 2002 (Radio Adelaide)
Tony Kevin ~ Mary Kostakidis, 23 October 2002 (SBS News)
People smuggler unlikely to be extradited to Australia ~ Peter Mares, 19 December 2002 (Asia Pacific ~ audio)
Tony Kevin (audio) Nell Schofield, 30 December 2002 (RN Breakfast)


Kevin, Tony, A Certain Maritime Incident: The sinking of SIEVX, Scribe, Melbourne, 2004
Kevin, Tony, Reluctant Rescuers, Tony Kevin, Canberra, 2012


Pamphleteer Polemics ~ Tam Long, 3 September 2002 (Margo Kingston's Web Diary)
Review of A Certain Maritime Incident: The Sinking of SIEV X ~ Tom Frame, 16 February 2005 (originally published in Defender)
Review of A Certain Maritime Incident: The sinking of SIEV X ~ Jennifer Clarke, February 2005 (JAS Review of Books)

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