[Extracted from Senate Hansard, 14 June 2005
(Question No. 431)
Senator Brown asked the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 10 March 2005:
With reference to the sinking of the boat known as SIEV X:
Senator Vanstone - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:
(1) The Government has no way of knowing or verifying all those who drowned, being an illegal venture out of another country with the tragedy occurring in international waters. Some names of those who have thought to have drowned are held.