[Extracted from Senate Hansard, 13 September 2005]

QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
Siev X
(Question No. 431 amended)

Senator Bob Brown (Tasmania) 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:

(1) Will the Minister now release the list of names of people who are thought to have drowned.
(2) How many queries has the Government had from people seeking the names of persons thought to have been on board: (a) from within Australia; and (b) from outside Australia.
(3) If the list is not to be released: (a) what are the precise reasons; and (b) if one reason is that release of the list would endanger an informant, in what way.

Senator Vanstone (South Australia- Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs)- The answer to the honourable senatorís 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 at an unknown location. Some names of those who have thought to have drowned are held.

(2) Records of requests are not held.

(3) The Government does not hold comprehensive information nor is it in a position to verify it.

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