SIEVX victims deserve royal commission
The Age : Tragic legacy of SIEVX’s fatal sinking
STEVE BIDDULPH, 19 October, 2009
As the asylum seeker issue flares up yet again, we mark the eighth anniversary of the SIEVX tragedy — when about 146 children, 142 women and 65 men died after a fishing boat carrying asylum seekers sank on the way to Australia. This anniversary should be a wake-up call to Australia of the danger of politicising the plight of families fleeing for their lives.
That Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is working openly and honestly with Indonesia, and the electorate no longer panics at the idea of a few hundred boat people finding their way here, is a mark of some progress. But SIEVX remains an unsolved crime, and much needs to be done to heal its legacy. More
Steve Biddulph is a psychologist who helped create the SIEVX Memorial in Canberra.