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THE DISASTER AND AFTERMATH
A broad collection of media articles written in the wake of the tragedy. Here you will find much information on the voyage itself, the survivors and grieving relatives of the victims.
CHALLENGING THE OFFICIAL STORY
In the weeks following the sinking, rumours begin to emerge that this tragedy had a darker side. The first public challenge to the government line on the sinking appeared in a media release in December 2001 which included reference to survivors' claims that ships had watched them as they struggled in the water but did not rescue them. Two days later this claim appeared in a newspaper article by Vanessa Walker and became the catalyst for Tony Kevin to begin publicly raising questions about the disaster at the Senate Select Committee on A Certain Maritime Incident (CMI) in early 2002.
DEFENDING THE OFFICIAL STORY
Articles written in defence of the government position on SIEVX and the people smuggling disruption program.
PEOPLE SMUGGLING & DISRUPTION
|Included here are general news articles on people smuggling, some of which provide insight into Australia's People Smuggling Disruption Program in Indonesia.
|News articles concerning the infamous people smuggler who allegedly headed the syndicate operating in Indonesia that organised the fatal SIEVX voyage - Mootaz Attia Mohamed Hasan  alias Centin Kaya Nugun alias Abu Quassey .
 Other variations: Mootaz Atya Mohammed, Mootaz Attia Mohammad Hasan, Mootaz Muhammad Hassan, Mootaz Muhamad Hasan and combinations thereof.
 Other variations: Quessay, Quessai, Quassy, Kaiz and Kossay
|News articles concerning Khaleed Daoed  from his time in Indonesia through to his extradition to Australia from Sweden and trial in Brisbane.
 Other variations: Khaled Daoed, Kalid Daoed, Khalid Dawud, Khaled Daoud
|News articles concerning Maythem Radhi from 2001 - present
 Other variations: Maysam, Maythen, Miythem, Mythem, Maytham, Mytam, Haitham, May Thean Saun Radia and Miythem Kamil Radhia)
NOT THE FIRST?
SIEVX was the first vessel confirmed to have been lost at sea carrying asylum seekers bound for Australian territory. There had been unconfirmed reports of three other vessels sinking in March-April 2000 but there is very good reason to think that these three sinkings did not occur. (See this letter and this reply. See also the Appendix in this table). This section of the archives includes articles on these earlier boats that were reported missing presumed sunk.
In 2005 Hannie Rayson's controversial play Two Brothers brought the SIEVX tragedy to public attention again. Included in this section of the archives is a selection of reviews of the play from both sides of the debate.